House Of Clocks is the new book for young adults by British writer Amelia Thorne. This is the sinopsis:
“A summer holiday with an uncle in Amsterdam flings timid Alice into a world that she had never even dreamt of.
Lucas Van Duren is working on a secret project that if successful, will have massive global impact. A great many people would like to get their hands on the plans – people who would stop at nothing to get them.
But the project is not the only secret in Lucas’s mysterious ‘House of Clocks’. Lucas’s housekeeper Tineka, and his assistant Fred are not all they seem. Even the house itself seems to have a life of its own…”
It´s an awesome book, I couldn´t stop reading! And I love time travel stories, too!:)
When she contacted me for the assignment she sent me the book and told me it was meant to be the first one of a trilogy. That was important because we were going to need a common detail for the three covers, and that was going to be the way the title is written.
This is the story of Alice, so we wanted her on the cover. No more characters (at least in the first book): it´s her journey, she is the hero.
I also thought that the word “clocks” was very strong in the title and it means time, so it was a great symbol to talk about time travels and emphasize on the title of the trilogy.
These are the two sketches I sent to Amelia:
– Sketch 1:
It shows a typical Amsterdam house turned into a cuckoo clock. Alice is trapped inside of it, her scream for help comes out from when the little door opens to tell us what time it is. We also have a kind of “logo” in the title to connect the following books.