Grafton Public Library


For Kids

Picture Books

Telling Time by David Adler JPIC ADLER
A loveable crew of kid astronauts and their Martian friends learn to tell time before the start of a pizza party, in an engaging STEM book that incorporates math concepts while explaining the differences between seconds, minutes, hours and more. Illustrations.

Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker JPIC BAKER
Rhythmic text expands on the Mother Goose rhyme, including a variety of animals that react as the clock strikes one through twelve

It’s Almost Time by  Debbie Bernstein LaCroix JPIC LACROIX
A horse and a bluejay experience a variety of clocks. Told in rhyme.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle J FIC L’ENGLE
An unearthly midnight visitor takes Meg, Calvin, and Charles across the barriers of space and time to another world

The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick JFIC HERRICK
When the Time Fetch’s foragers gobble up too much time, causing the fabric of the universe to unravel and blur the boundaries between worlds and dimensions, eighth-grade loner Edward and his classmates must band together to save the day.

Once was a Time by Leila Sales
In World War II England, ten-year-old Lottie is transported via a portal to present day Wisconsin, where she must find her way back to her family and her best friend, Kitty.

Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio #1) by Jon Scieszka j Fic/Scieszka
A magic book zaps a trio of modern boys into Camelot where they defeat the Black Knight, sit at the Round Table, and battle a dragon and a giant.


How To Go Anywhere (and not get lost): A guide to navigation for young adventurers by Hans Aschim, illus. by Andres Lozano j 623.89 ASCHIM
A lively and interactive book that gets kids unplugged and out of the house-and teaches them cool navigation techniques to use while hiking, camping, or just exploring the backyard or nearby park.

For Teens

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken YA FIC BRACKEN PASSENGER #1
When a violin prodigy who has lost everything wakes up on a ship in another time period, a man who wants to escape a life of servitude is forced to confront his past while keeping his former captors from claiming a stolen object of untold value. Simultaneous eBook. 125,000 first printing.

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins YA FIC ROLLINS DARK #1
Ash has the ability to time travel and meets up with Dorothy from 1913 who is trying to escape an arranged marriage, as they find themselves in a future world of violence and chaos, with Dorothy holding the key that could change the past.
See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon  YA FIC SOLOMON
After reliving the same day for months, eighteen-year-old Barrett reluctantly teams up with her nemesis Miles to escape the time loop, and soon finds herself falling for him, but what she does not know is what they will mean to each other if they finallymake it to tomorrow.
Out of Time by Abigail Dobbs  YA FIC DOBBS OUT #1
Everything was going wrong for Keira Sun, a fourteen-year-old girl from Upstate New York. She was failing math. Her friends were excluding her. Her dad just married a woman less than half his age. And her mom had no interest in her. Keira felt like she must have belonged somewhere else. It turns out she was right. One morning, Keira found herself pulled into a city called Lana Ilu, where everyone is born with the ability to time travel. The different parts of the city weren’t just neighborhoods, they were different eras. Soon after Keira arrived, the authorities learned that her era was 200,000 years into the future. This terrified the city. Why? Because Keira, and only Keira, shared this era with Lana Ilu’s most feared resident

For Adults

Time Travel

Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum FIC BARENBAUM
During the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986, a renowned nuclear scientist is thrust through time to 1992 where her estranged daughter uses her dying breath to ask her mother to go back through time and prevent the disaster.

Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux & Tara Sheets LT DEVERAUX
In 1844 Ireland, Liam O’Connor, a rogue and a thief, fell in love with Cora McLeod, the squire’s daughter, and unwittingly altered the future, and now, a century later, angels have given Liam the task of making sure Cora falls in love with the man she was supposed to marry before Liam interfered, with his soul hanging in the balance, but when Liam discovers that he again wants Cora for himself, he must choose between a stolen moment in time or an eternity of damnation.

This is How you Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar,and Max Gladstone SFF EL-MOHTAR
Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them.

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates FIC OATES
A recklessly idealistic girl tests the limits of her oppressively controlled, dystopian world and is punished by being sent back in time to Wainscotia, Wisconsin, eighty years in the past, only to fall fatefully in love with a fellow exile.

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore FIC MONTIMORE
A young woman destined to wake up on her birthday to a random year in her life struggles through an out-of-order existence to reconcile her inner youth with the realities of shifting external identities, appearances and period norms. Tour.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon FIC GABALDON
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier.

Replay by Ken Grimwood
Jeff Winston has many opportunities to relive his life until he gets it right.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom FIC ALBOM
Given one last chance at redemption, Father Time, the inventor of the world’s first clock, must teach two earthly people the true meaning of time – a journey that leads him to a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy businessman who wants to live forever.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger FIC NIFFENEGGER
Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history. When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori–a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected events soon proves that he must be hiding something. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry. As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses. Utterly beguiling, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street blends historical events with dazzling flights of fancy to plunge readers into a strange and magical past, where time, destiny, genius–and a clockwork octopus–collide.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, narrated by Jenny Sterlin CDBk WILLIS
Journeying back in time to the year 1320, twenty-first century Oxford woman Kivrin arrives during the outbreak of a deadly epidemic.

Nonfiction about Clocks, Clockmaking and Navigation

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel 526.62 SOBEL
Describes the eighteenth-century dilemma regarding the inability to measure longitude at sea, and the story of John Harrison and his development of the chronometer recounts the circumstances surrounding its invention.

Timekeepers by Simon Garfield 529 GARFIELD
An authoritative, upbeat exploration of how and why time has become a dominating force in a world that not long ago was measured by the movement of the sun shares stories that reflect humanity’s growing obsession with time and its management throughout the past 250 years.

Books about the Willard Family

Simon Willard and His Clocks by John Ware Willard B WILLARD

The Willard House and Clock Museum and the Willard Family Clockmakers by Roger Robinson and Robert Edwards 681ROBINSON

A history of Simon Willard, inventor and clockmaker : together with some account of his sons–his apprentices–and the workmen associated with him, with brief notices of other clockmakers of the family name by John Ware Willard GC 749 WIL

The music of early American clocks 1730-1830 by Kate Van Wrinkle Keller 618.113 KELLER