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The Time Box by Leon Capetanos
ISBN: 978-0-9911211-8-2
Publication Date: November, 2015

Price: $18.95

Pages: 246


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A sixth grade field trip to the local planetarium provides more questions than answers for Thomas Adkins Johnson, a twelve-year-old going on thirteen, whose head begins to spin as he contemplates the vastness of the heavens projected on the dome above him. The field trip marks Tommy’s transition from sixth grade, where his major concerns centered on school and vacation, sports and gaming, to a more complex world where questions of identity and belief take hold of the imagination. Tommy and his friends—Micky Boonaling. Kareem Brooks, Mignon Eubanks, and others—tackle the challenges of seventh grade with a mixture of humor and bewilderment. When Tommy’s uncle Aaron dies unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident, the boy’s questions about life take a deeper, more complicated form, and Tommy begins to search for a way to create meaning in his life, a search encouraged by his friend, Mignon. The solution they create takes the two of them on a heart-warming adventure, tinged with the bitter-sweet desires of young romance.


"An understated, grounded account of getting older." Kirkus Reviews


"Tommy’s introspection and transformation will be sure to resonate with young adults on similar paths." Stephanie Bucklin, ForeWord Reviews.


Read an excerpt now: The Time Box and watch a video of Austin Harger reading the opening from The Time Box


Leon Capetanos is writer and director whose screenplays include “The Gumball Rally” (1976), “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” (1986) (for which he shared a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Paul Mazursky) and “Fletch Lives” (1989).   To learn more about Leon, visit his website at www.lcapetanos.com


Leon is also featured in the May 2 issue of Walter Magazine and the WUNC radio interview by Anita Rao & Frank Stasio titled "Hollywood Screenwriter Comes Home to Cary."

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Praise for

The Time Box



“In 12-year-old Tommy Johnson, Capetanos has achieved something remarkable. In this age of irony, he’s given us a protagonist utterly lacking in cynicism. But as Tommy will learn in the course of a few short months, when you open yourself up fully to the world, you risk experiencing the pain that world can, when you least expect it, deal out in return.You may wince at times, sensing what awaits him. But you will also be reminded what it is to be truly alive.”

─Steve Kloves,, director of “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “Flesh And Bone”; screenwriter of “Wonder Boys”, “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone”, “Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets”, and “Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban” and four other screenplays in the Harry Potter series.



"At twelve, many of us dreamed of sealing our legacy with a time capsule - mine sadly was crushed in red clay as my hometown street was widened. No such fate for Tommy Johnson, who pursues his dream with cunning matched with perseverance, his beloved girlfriend Mignon at his side. An insightful journey for young and old readers where the magic of the story is not supernatural but real, encapsulated in the characters."

Sylvia Wilkinson, author of Big Cactus and On the 7th day God Created the Chevrolet and The Stainless Steel Carrot: an Auto Racing Odyssey.


“It’s been awhile since Leon Capetanos was 12, but he remembers it all in this beguiling novel of young people at the turning point. This sweet book, which brings Thornton Wilder to mind, spins itself out effortlessly and charms us back to the time we were 12 and struggling to understand the way forward.”

David Freeman, author of “A Hollywood Education”, “One Of Us”, and “It’s All True” among other books.


"In this charming coming of age story, Thomas Adkins Johnson (aka Tommy), while struggling with the vastness of the universe and who will remember him, discovers that although he can bury the past in his Time Box, he can't control the future or bury his feelings."

─Carrie Knowles, author of Apricots in a Turkish Gardens and Lillian's Garden, and 2014 Piedmont Laureate