'Brilliant timing,' she said. 'Tea's just made.'
But J.J. walked straight past the pot, which steamed on the range in the kitchen, and the plates of fresh scones on the table. Upstairs in his room, his schoolbag lay open on his bed, leaking overdue homework. He glanced at the clock. If he got up half an hour early the next morning he could get a bit of it done.
He spilled the bag and its contents onto the floor, and as he set the alarm he wondered, as he wondered every day, where on earth all the time went.
--from THE NEW POLICEMAN
Classroom Implications: This 2007 release is a great pick for a fantasy book club in 7th or 8th grades. The language is beautiful and students can unpack the genre, studying theme, symbolism and descriptive language.