cover image Children of Time

Children of Time

Deborah Moulton. Dial Books, $14.95 (198pp) ISBN 978-0-8037-0607-1

Despite the predicted Final War, David Bennet and his parents have remained on Earth while most families have departed for more stable planets. As one of the few children left, David is regularly sent to foster families so adults can experience the joys of parenting. One wealthy and powerful foster parent, Lady Anastasia Grey, has a maniacal plot: to adopt hundreds of foster children so she can create a master race of the future. When David is assigned to Lady Grey, he realizes something is dreadfully wrong: Lady Grey is capable of manipulating time so that her adopted children don't grow any older. While David knows there is little chance of escape, he realizes he must be alert and watchful if he hopes to understand Lady Grey's plan. And when the Final War does come, the boy is prepared. As in her debut novel, The First Battle of Morn , Moulton's vivid imagination has produced a complex and believable society in which people are in conflict not only with themselves but with their future as well. Ages 12-up. (Nov.)