The Wonderland Clock

Patricia Topp

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ISBN: 978-1-57733-224-4, 78 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, paperback, $13.00

“Those who tell time by The Wonderland Clock are just a bit different from other people....”

On her twelfth birthday, Diana receives a special present from her Grandma: a dainty little wind-up clock. There was only one very curious problem: the little clock moved, very slowly, in the opposite direction. And even more mysterious, when Diana would nod off to sleep, The Wonderland Clock would strike a chime ... and begin speaking to her in her dreams. Follow Diana as she weaves her way back in dream-time to discover new meanings to old, universal truths.


“I am 11 years old and overall I thought it was a good book. I liked the plot and story-line and parts were funny (at least to me!). I liked the part about Scotty and Diana walking down the hallway and when Diana decided she would be herself and let Becky and Deb be themselves. It reminded me of a situation I had to deal with and the decision I made.” —Megan McGrath

“I am 80 years old and followed with great interest as some of the mysteries of our time are revealed and explained to Diana in her dreams, from the physics and basic vastness of the universe to kirlian photography and energy.” —Jim Kirk

Table of Contents

1. The Birthday Gift
2. Saturday—Diana Does Well
3. Sunday—Can There Be More Than One Truth?
4. Monday—New Ideas and More New Ideas
5. Tuesday—All About Being Different
6. Wednesday—Diana Learns More About Energy
7. Thursday—Learning How Waves Carry Messages
8. Friday—A Universe of 3-D Messages
9. Saturday—About What Happened at the Mall
10. Sunday—Diana Teaches Her Parents
11. Monday—The Class Members Give Their Speeches
12. Tuesday—Diana Makes a Big Decision


“This must be a very special gift, Diana,” Mother said. “Your Grandmother O’Day left it to you in her will. It’s been waiting for your thirteenth birthday.”

The box was wrapped in white paper sprinkled with small green shamrocks. It was about the right size to hold a necklace.

After Diana had blown out the dozen and one candles on her birthday cake, she chose Grandma’s present to open first. The gift was not jewelry of any kind. It was a dainty little clock. In the gold circling the dial were small golden shamrocks.

Diana held the clock to her ear. “It isn’t running.”

“Clocks didn’t run on batteries when Grandma was a girl,” Father said. He showed Diana the key on the back of the clock. He taught her how to wind it carefully, not too tightly. “You have to remember to wind the clock every night.”

The little clock began to tick. The minute hand moved ever so slowly from one back toward twelve. How disappointing! What good is a clock that cannot tell the right time? Why would Grandmother O’Day play a trick like this on me? Diana started to tell her parents, but it did not seem polite to say she was unhappy about a gift. She just went on to open her other presents.

Later, she put the little clock on a shelf in her bedroom and forgot about it for a while.

But Grandmother’s clock did not forget about her. It called to her that night, softly at first. Then it called a little louder, loud enough for its whispers to be heard in her dreams.

Blue Dolphin Publishing, July 2013

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