The Dog Snatcher: Guardians of Time Book 1

The Dog Snatcher: Guardians of Time Book 1

"My son sat there reading this book when he could have been playing games." -- Terra Rickers

Eleven-year-old Jake is amazed to find a strange silver key at the end of his suburban driveway.  Then a teenage boy kidnaps the family dog and vanishes. Jake and his twin Ava are determined to find their dog, and soon they use the key to seek help in--of all places--a clock shop.

This clock shop travels through time and space, piloted by a 700-year-old Swiss alchemist. But the dog snatcher isn’t easy to catch. He’s a centuries-old alchemist too.

An illustrated family-friendly story full of surprises, including a trip to France in 1680. For kids 8-11, containing 18 illustrations. Recognized as premier Christian fiction for kids--winner of a Purple Butterfly award, and named a 2023 finalist for the prestigious Selah Awards.  For ages 8-11, Lexile® reading level 550L. Now with a free comprehensive 5-week homeschool study guide.

Order Now!
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: 10.99
eBook Price: 0.99
Audiobook Price: 5.99
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?
Order Now
Buy from Amazon
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Buy from Apple Books
Buy from Smashwords
Buy from Scribd
Buy from Kobo
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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."