Time Pool:
The Amazing Adventures
of Eddie Dowd

Book I of a Trilogy

by Tad Hutton

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    "Join Eddie and his friends
     on their wacky journeys 
     to save Salt Island!"


Time Pool:
The Amazing Adventures of Eddie Dowd

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Tato, the youngest of the contestants, was running along the white sand beach. Hot, sweaty, and happy, he knew he would win this race, and he would be chosen to go to the Holy Place with his leader, Uwasso, and the wiseone, Oconoa.

The great ocean was crashing its waves on the sand to his left, and the high dunes of GeeChee Island were on his right. He ran easily, thinking only of the rhythmic slapping of his feet on the hard beach. He was totally unprepared when the consciousness of Eddie Dowd dropped into his mind.

Eddie was unprepared, too. "Whah!" he yelled, seeing the strange beach through strange eyes, and feeling the heat and the pounding of feet.

"Harupp!" yelled Tato as he somersaulted on the sand, whirled in a circle, and crouched in a defensive stance. "Wanee protect me!" he said his fighter’s prayer. "Honor your people. Protect the Guale." He looked for his attacker. He didn’t think to look in his mind.

"Hey," Eddie cried, "Where the devil am I?"

"Hah!" screamed Tato. "Devil?" He somersaulted twice and whirled again. "Where are you, devil? You want to fight Tato? Tato is ready."

"Stop whirling. You’re getting me dizzy," mumbled Eddie.

Tato figured out where the devil was. He slapped at his head, whirling and yelling Guale chants which were supposed to banish devils, spells, and curses. Eddie, meanwhile, kept opening and closing his own eyes, trying to escape this dream and wake up in his bed. But each opening showed him the blur of the beach, and Tato’s head slaps were making him see double. "Wake up, wake up!" he shouted to get himself out of this nightmare.

Tato decided this devil was crazier and more evil than the others who had come to him. This one needed a good shock. Tato ran for the ocean and dived under one of the white-foamed breakers rolling in. Popping up once or twice for air, he swam underwater until he was beyond the surf line.

The water was clear and full of life. Skates glided along the bottom, skirting ponderous horseshoe crabs. Small sharks darted after minnow schools and nosed at the blue point crabs. Larger schools of mullet and jack flashed in clouds up near the surface, and barnacled sea turtles meandered in and out of view as they gulped at the jellyfish drifting along with the current.

Eddie had never seen so much life and clarity. His ocean was far different. "Wow!" he kept saying. "Wow, look at that!"

Tato was listening to this devil while diving deeper to rid himself of it. He was holding his breath and wouldn’t speak, until both he and Eddie saw the same things.

"Yikes!" Eddie and Tato yelled. Two large, white-tipped sharks were cruising toward them. Tato turned immediately and started for the beach, trying to stay near the bottom so he wouldn’t be gutted from below.

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About This Great Book

Time Pool: The Amazing Adventures of Eddie Dowd is a stunning book. It’s fantastical, historical settings are spiced with comedy and action as Eddie Dowd is thrown onto the trail of his heritage. A contemporary Huck Finn, Eddie has no idea why he has been chosen to save Salt Island. He’d rather play practical jokes on his friends and explore the creeks and marshes around his home.

But the mysterious Maman Lu, who some natives say is a witch, sends him back in time to experience the life of his Indian ancestors.

Eddie is dropped into the mind of Tato, a young boy, as the tribe fights the slavers from Hispaniola. Later he falls into the consciousness of Delphie, an Indian princess. Together, they are drawn into a dangerous fight between American and British forces in the first sea battle of the American Revolution.

Eddie’s wild, crazy adventures uncover much about his island home, but will it be enough to satisfy Maman Lu?

Book I of the high-spirited Time Pool trilogy.

2009 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) Finalist


From A Review

Tad Hutton unfolds a story with the patience of the island children and gentle native people he describes, his eye to the preservation of nature and native culture. Time Pool is a feast of historical fiction with a seasoning of whimsy as well as heart-thumping action. Hutton has created an original that time warps real history with real humor.


From The Author

Eddie Dowd is a brash new character in the long line of young Americans who ride their fantastic adventures to a better understanding about themselves.

As I wrote this story, I kept thinking of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and the other young dreamers in American Literature who reveal much about themselves even as they teach us about ourselves.


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Leatherback turtle
Photo: Public domain. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

Leatherback turtle

The largest leatherback ever recorded was almost 10 feet from the tip of its beak to the tip of its tail and weighed in at over 2,000 pounds.


Photo: Public domain. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

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