The cuckoo clock of Doom has always been a favorite of mine and I’m surprised it never got a sequel.
The book opens at Michael’s twelfth birthday. At his party, his little sister Tara destroys everything, the presents, the party and his birthday, Michaels dad brings home a cuckoo clock. Michael decides to get Tara in trouble by turning the bird’s head around in the clock. The next day Michael wakes up and it’s his birthday again. He relives his birthday party exactly. After going to bed that night he wakes up three days before his birthday, then a year earlier, every time he goes to sleep he wakes up younger. Finally, he’s one-year-old with a twelve-year-old brain-mind. His parents take him to the antique shop his dad bought the clock at coincidently. He turns the head back and wakes up as a twelve-year-old.
However, his sister doesn’t exist. The reason his dad bought the clock was because the owner said it had a flaw and sold it for cheap. The flaw was a missing year carved into the body. The missing year was his sister’s birth year. Michael promises to bring his sister back.
This book made me anxious reading it which was good. I still wish this had a sequel.
4 out of 5 stars.