What if you could go back in time to save the person you love the most?
The rules are simple. If you want to travel back in time, you need to be at least eighteen years old. You can only travel within your own lifespan for a maximum of six months. And above all else, you must never, ever, change the past.
But that's exactly what Brooke Wallace plans to do.
As Brooke faces existence without her beloved brother, his life cut short by a rare disease, she can think of only one solution - travel back in time to prevent his death. However, her attempts at fixing the past challenge her to confront everything she believes to be true about herself. And ultimately, she is forced to discover whether or not we can ever truly be in charge of our own destiny.
Unable to cope with the sudden loss of her younger brother, Brooke breaks society’s most important taboo and travels back in time to try to prevent his death. Jahn adeptly blends science fiction elements with strong character development and elements of faith. Brooke’s journey ends satisfyingly with a gentle moral lesson learned through realistically difficult emotional revelations that nonetheless leave readers with a hopeful possible future.
Date Submitted: June 06, 2016
Narrator Lorelei King beautifully captures the wide emotional range and unforgettable characters in this utterly fascinating story of time travel, the first in the award-winning Clay Lion series. When Brooke Wallace's beloved younger brother dies of pulmonary fibrosis, she decides to use her one government-approved trip to go back in time to try to reverse his illness and prevent his death. King demonstrates the warm relationships of the Wallace family members and flawlessly expresses Brooke's emotions as she embarks on her mission. Listeners will be deeply moved as she maintains her religious faith and learns from the events that befall her family. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2015]
What would you sacrifice for your younger sibling? In Amalie Jahn's tale about destiny and sibling love, older sister Brooke risks everything and everyone she loves to try and save the life of her younger brother. An early lesson in loyalty, protection, and unbreakable faith among siblings.
"If you loved A Wrinkle in Time, then read The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn. Both of these novels' success centers on the endurance of sibling bonds, and both novels explore time travel as a means of recalibrating a painful and inexplicable loss."
The Clay Lion raises some fascinating and worth questions about regrets, missed opportunities, second chances, and destiny. Written with charm and emotional wisdom which is hugely rewarding and captivating.
"Jahn's clear writing style and crisp pace treats the heavy emotional load with grace and ease. Brooke emerges as a wounded, but ultimately well-rounded character that you can really cheer for."
This poignant, well-written story puts mortality—and readers’ reactions to it—front and center.
As Jahn takes Brooke through the same events multiple times, the author explores how small changes can snowball into huge ones and how attitudes can influence, if not overcome, tragedy.
A lovely, tear-jerking tale of time travel, familial love, and sacrifice.
Brooke loses her brother to pulmonary fibrosis and attempts to go back in time to save him. Along the way she encounters obstacles she never dreamed she would, including a love that had eluded her in her original timeline. A gripping read that will simultaneously break your heart and warm it, The Clay Lion will transform readers’ perspectives as the main character plays with fire, teetering dangerously on the borders between mind and matter, fate and free will, and loss and life.
Author Amalie Jahn skillfully creates moments of powerful imagery interspersed with moments where the picture is left to the readers’ personal interpretation. The overall message of the book is that everything happens for a reason, and that no matter what, we just have to keep moving forward. It shows that destiny and fate are two different things, that while we control our fate, destiny can’t be avoided.
The Clay Lion is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
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Amalie Jahn composes a creative and compassionate story in The Clay Lion. Brooke Wallace falls into a deep depression after her younger brother, Branson, dies of pulmonary fibrosis. Motivated by her grief and loss, Brooke decides to use her time travel trip voucher to save her brother’s life. By returning to her past, Brooke believes she can prevent the cause of her brother’s fatal disease. She clings to the “miracle of second chances.” However, she must avoid changing too much of the past, every alteration threatens the future. Reliving the past becomes an obsession. How many trips to the past will it take to get over the loss of her brother? How many lives will be altered because of her desperation? Putting her own destiny on hold, Brooke displaces fear with bravery, and attempts to do the unthinkable - change her brother’s life. Brooke Wallace is “one special girl.”
The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn is painfully heartwarming. This work of fiction portrays the love and commitment of family. The plot is thought provoking, the setting is enduring, the conflict is penetrating, and the characterization is extraordinary. Jahn walks the reader through the pain and grief of losing someone. She resourcefully uses the idea of time travel to change the past. As a reader, I was caught up with the challenge of the protagonist. All of us, at one time or the other, desire to go back and change an outcome, to partake in a “do over” in life. Or to retrace time, by reliving cherished precious moments. The development of the main character was vividly depicted through repeating the same portion of her life. Regardless of all her attempts, Brooke realizes the undeniable truth, “your life is bigger than you are” - you live the life that was made for you. Amalie Jahn pens a dramatic narrative about love and loss, of death and life, and hope and destiny.
Perhaps I could change my fate, but in the end, I realized, my destiny may have already been written.
– Amalie Jahn, The Clay Lion
Open your child’s eyes to the wonders of fiction with this tale of Brooke Wallace, a girl who desperately wants to save her brother’s life. People in this world can time travel, but only after they’ve turned 18. Brooke takes the opportunity to go back in time to try and prevent her brother’s death, and what ensues teaches her valuable life lessons. Your child will bond with these characters and their struggles and squabbles.
Author Signing, Teen Event (Teens)
Sunday June 12, 2016 2:00 PM
Join us as we welcome author Amalie Jahn for a signing, as part of our B-Fest Teen Book Festival!
Association of Writing and Writing Programs Conference and Book Fair
Los Angeles Convention Center
April 2, 2016
Book Signing 11am-1pm
Special Event, Teen Event (Teens) Saturday June 11, 2016 1:00 PM Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum is pleased to host local teen author Amalie Jahn! Ms. Jahn will be signing her Clay Lion trilogy -- a great series for any teen! Come in and meet the author!
Morrison Barnes & Noble is pleased to host teen author Amalie Jahn! Ms. Jahn will be signing her Clay Lion trilogy -- a great series for any teen! Come in and meet the author!
Creative Content, the specialist digital publishing company founded in 2008 by Ali Muirden and Lorelei King, has signed a 3-book deal with Amalie Jahn, author of the acclaimed YA "Clay Lion" trilogy, to publish audio editions of the series over the next 3 years.
Published in 2013 and voted one of the "50 Best Self-Published Books of 2013" by IndieAuthorland, The Clay Lion was followed by Tin Men, the second time travel book in the Clay Lion series, which was released in July of 2014. The final instalment of the series, A Straw Man, will publish in June 2015.
The Plus Side listed The Clay Lion as One of the Best Kids' Books for Blossoming Bibliophiles. Bustle listed The Clay Lion as one of 13 New Books That'll Make You Feel Like a Kid Again and Tin Men was named One of the 50 Best Indie Books of 2014 by Readfreely.
Lorelei King said: "This project is wonderful example of the power of social media to bring content creators together. I was so please to have struck up a relationship with Amalie on Twitter and to have discovered her moving, inspiring series. I can't wait to get into the studio!"
Amalie Jahn said: "I'm thrilled to have Creative Content producing the series and am excited to share The Clay Lion with audio listeners in the coming months. As seasoned veterans of the industry, I know Ali and Lorelei are a perfect match for my series, and I'm looking forward to working closely with them to produce an amazing product."
The audio edition of "The Clay Lion" read by Lorelei King will be published this summer and will be available from all major online retailers.
For more information, contact Ali Muirden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Miami Book Fair Appearance
Amalie Jahn will be on hand signing copies of her award-winning Clay Lion Series
October 12, 2015
Amalie Jahn grew up with her nose buried between the pages of her favorite novels. Like many other children who were ostracized or picked on in some way, she used the written word as a way to escape – reading whatever fiction she could get her hands on and writing her own verities as well. Happily, things are much better for her these days, and now she uses the power of the written word to inspire and encourage a new generation of readers as an author. “I take inspiration for my novels from the collective experiences which draw people together. One of life’s greatest truths is that we are all much more alike than we are different, and what most of us are looking for more than anything else is acceptance. Capturing stories and drawing on the emotions which resonate inside all of us is my passion.”