IDIOT GENIUS Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy
IDIOT GENIUS Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy

"Richard Due delights with the first installment in the young adult series of Idiot Genius novels . . . thrilling, and highly satisfying." -IndieReader

"It's unusual to see such sci-fi depth and detail in a title directed to young adults, but this is precisely what makes Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy such an appealing production: the characterization is solid while its fantastic setting will intrigue ages well beyond its intended 9-12-year-old audience." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Willa always knew one of her mother's crazy inventions would cause trouble. She just didn't think it would get the whole family banished to Grandeur, a hidden city of Geniuses deemed too dangerous to remain Outside.

Now, with the help of her cat, the Magnificent Lady Grayson of the Silky White Underbelly, or Just Grayson for Short, Willa and her new friends must scour Grandeur's strange avenues in search of the Clockwerk Boy. Among her encounters: a curiosity shop run by curiously intelligent cats. Gear Hall, where Clockwerks outnumber humans. And the Jolly Rajah, a man-o'-war o' pancakes, where your meal of flapjacks and hot chocolate is served with a brace of pistols and side of grappling hooks. Prepare to be boarded!

Independent Publisher Book Award Medalist ~ Juvenile Fiction
National Indie Excellence Award ~ Juvenile Fiction
International Rubery Book Award Shortlist ~ Young Adult
Eric Hoffer Award Category Finalist ~ Young Adult
Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award
Honorable Mention ~ Middle-Grade/Young Adult

"Idiot Genius is a whimsical novel any middle school kid would enjoy. Zany characters, imaginative settings, and a sense of adventure will appeal to young readers. They'll be eager to get their hands on the next installment." -The BookLife Prize

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Series

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy is a charming epic of how a normal girl is whisked into an adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Willa Snap's mother has created an invention that a person could put Washington D.C. inside of it, and once something is inside, everything within it is frozen in time.

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