The Dog Snatcher: Guardians of Time Book 1

The Dog Snatcher: Guardians of Time Book 1

The kid just wants his beloved dog back. Before it’s too late.

Disbelief and shock fill eleven-year-old Jake when a stranger grabs his beloved dog. Jake and his twin Ava chase the scruffy teen down their suburban street, but the thief simply vanishes. So … what is this ancient-looking skeleton key Jake finds in the street? Turning it in the air takes the twins—somewhere else!

Jake can’t believe it when the twins find themselves in a clock shop that travels through time and space, piloted by a helpful 700-year-old Swiss alchemist. Surely this man can help them find their missing dog.

But the dog snatcher won’t be easy to catch. He too is a centuries-old alchemist. And he’s threatening to kill the dog!

Recognized as premier Christian fiction for kids-- designated a finalist for the prestigious Selah Award for Christian Fiction. It also received a Purple Dragonfly Award from Story Monsters Magazine.

A story full of surprises, including a trip to France in 1680. For kids 8-11, containing 18 illustrations.  Lexile® reading level 550L, or 2nd grade. Now with a free comprehensive 5-week homeschool study guide.

"My son sat there reading this book when he could have been playing games. Now, that's something." -- Terra Rickers

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About the Book

First of a series called The Guardians of Time, The Dog Snatcher has a prequel short story available for free. You can find it on the author’s website, .

About the Guardians of Time series: Jake, Ava, and Will from St. Louis in the present day rescue others lost in time. They aren’t doing it alone–they have the help of a 500-year-old alchemist from the Guardians of Time Guild.

Series: Guardians of Time chapter book series, Book 1
Genres: Chapter Book age 8-11, Time travel fantasy
Tag: Recommended Books
Publisher: Motherboard Books
Publication Year: 2022
Format: paperback, ebook
Length: 150
Illustrator: Katie O'Malley
ISBN: 9798986699905
List Price: 11.99
eBook Price: 4.99
Audiobook Price: 5.99
Kids won’t even know they’re getting smarter with the turn of each page. Highly Recommended.
The story is captivating and left me wanting more. Phyllis Wheeler is a good writer who uses simple words and a casual tone, making the book easy to follow and understand. The characters are ordinary individuals with relatable struggles, and their progress throughout the story is gradual and enjoyable. Jake's guilt was a prominent theme, and it was satisfying to see him conquer his fears, apologize, and correct his mistakes. The book also teaches readers about different languages and places and has sketches that perfectly complement the plot. I enjoyed reading this book and hope to read more from this author and this series. Overall, this is great work.
It’s a great read for new chapter-book readers, as the chapters are short and illustrated with delightful pictures to enhance the reader’s imagination. I highly recommend this book and look forward to its sequels.
Great story! Time traveling in a clock shop was interesting, cool and funny!
– Caleb, age 11
A totally magical time-travel adventure, and a thrilling beginning to an exciting series!
I highly recommend this engaging chapter book. Your kids will enjoy it.
Time travel, alchemy, rich friendships, and a meaningful tale well told—what’s not to like?
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About the Author
Phyllis Wheeler

Phyllis Wheeler, a homeschooling veteran, loves time-travel stories with a bit of fantasy thrown in. She writes award-winning books for kids that feature strong families and a moral compass.

Phyllis is the author of  the Guardians of Time chapter book series for ages 8-11 and The Long Shadow, a time-travel drama for young adult. She and her husband live in St. Louis, where she tends her milkweed garden and hopes for butterflies.

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