Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Keeper of the Black Stones by PT McHugh: Tens List and Excerpt


Ten things we didn’t know about Paul
(Character in Keeper of the Black Stones)

1. He scored a perfect score in Math on his PSATs, and hasn’t stopped bragging about it ever since. This has done nothing to increase his popularity with the other kids, though Jason is reluctantly impressed.

2. He was diagnosed at the age of three with a mild case of Asperger’s. He’s not on any medication, because his father wouldn’t pay for it and his mom can’t afford it. So he does his best to control it on his own, with varying degrees of success. This explains some of his more … interesting moments.

3. Before his father left, he heard an argument between his parents where his mother screamed that she’d never wanted a second child anyhow. He’d never loved his father, but when his dad disappeared, Paul had realized that he was well and truly alone in the world, left with a brother who hated him and a mother who’d never wanted him. He’s never truly recovered from that.

4. Paul hides his feelings of rejection with his smarts. He sat down and built his own computer the summer before high school, just to prove to Jason that he could.

5. Shockingly enough, he loves to read Field & Stream magazine. He would love to be out of the city, away from the pollution and noise, and likes to dream about living in the big houses that magazine covers.

6. One of his favorite hobbies is fishing. Of course he doesn’t have a father of his own to take him, but Doc takes him occasionally. Before he died, Jason’s dad also took the two of them on fishing expeditions. Paul has an overnight ocean fishing trip on his bucket list. Jason doubts whether Paul would survive the seasickness.

7. He collects baseball cards, because they’re inexpensive and easy to store. He’s obsessed with baseball, and sometimes organizes his cards according to who his favorite players are, and how good they’re doing in the league. Occasionally he sets up games, though he doesn’t even tell Jason about that.

8. He’d never had a birthday cake until Doc and Jason made one for him for his thirteenth birthday.  Now it’s a tradition. He prefers chocolate with raspberry filling and vanilla icing. He doesn’t let them put candles on the cake, though, since he read about a candle exploding in a boy’s face once.

9. Paul’s only been kissed by one girl, and he found out afterward that she’d only done it on a dare. He was so crushed that he stayed out of school for a week, hiding out at Doc’s house, and told people later that he’d traveled to Hollywood to meet with an agent.

10. Paul’s a movie buff and lives his life based on theories he has about different films. He’s seen Star Wars 121 times, at last count.


Title: Keeper of the Black Stones
Author: P.T. McHugh
Age Range: 10 and up
Paperback: 369 pages
Publisher: Glass House Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981676804
ISBN-13: 978-0981676807


Jason Evans, a shy, introverted high school freshman, thought that his mundane life was all there was – girls, golf, physics, and the occasional bully. Until he found out about the secrets his grandfather had been keeping from him … a set of stones that allowed them to jump through time … a maniacal madman who used the stones to shape history to his liking … and Jason’s role as one of the few people in the world who could stop that man.

Against impossible odds, a fourteen-year-old boy must take up his legacy, learn everything he needs to know within one short day, and travel helter skelter into the Middle Ages, to join Henry VII’s fight against Richard III, end the Dark Ages, and stop the man who now holds his grandfather captive. In this romp through history, Jason and his friends must race against time to accomplish not one, but two missions.

Save his grandfather.

And save the world.

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I never thought anything exciting would happen to me. The sky was blue, the football jocks were arrogant, and my best friend was absolutely crazy. To be honest, my life was a little boring. Until things, well, changed.

And then suddenly, I was meeting Anne Frank before she wrote her diary. Consulting with Churchill on political doctrine. Crossing the Potomac with Washington. I even shined Napoleon’s shoes in the streets of Charleroi, once, though it’s not a story I like to tell. I’ve been in too many places to name, and done things I never thought I would do. All in the name of saving history, and saving the world we call home.

I realize that these boasts won’t be taken seriously, but I must remind you that at one time the earth was flat, the atom unbreakable. And the thought of reaching the moon was just as ridiculous as the idea of jumping through time.  

I know, because I was there.           

My name is Jason Evans. I’m ten days shy of my fifteenth birthday, and this is my story…





PT McHugh didn’t start out as a storyteller. He was, however, born into a family of that encouraged imagination. He became a fan of history in school and then went to college to become a construction engineer, to build a world of straight lines, angles, and equations.

He was just as surprised as everyone else when he realized that he believed in magic, and might just know the secret of how to jump through time. Since then, he’s been researching the possibility and learning everything he can about history. Just in case the opportunity arises.

PT was born and raised in New Hampshire and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Bob, daring to dream of alternate worlds and cheering for his beloved New England Patriots.

His latest book is the YA fantasy/time travel, Keeper of the Stones. 

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