Since he changed, Pino has struggled to live a quiet life with his father Gepetto. But a boy who used to be a wooden puppet doesn’t fit in well with the other villagers. When Pino creates a replica of his Gepetto’s late wife and brings it to life, the two are chased out of their village by an angry mob demanding the resurrection of their own loved ones.
On the run with a dying Gepetto, Pino must face a world that would seek to use — and misuse — him for his powers. And when Pino discovers that his abilities are slowly transforming him back into a puppet, he faces a choice: strike a deal with those who only want to use him, or stand up for who he really is.
Scott William Carter has been a storyteller since the age of seven, when his second grade teacher published Sucked Into Zaxxon, the riveting, six-page adventure novel that recounted the exploits of a couple of kids transported into an arcade game. Although nothing he has written since has quite given him the same level of satisfaction as that single edition book made of cardboard, orange fabric, and clear tape, he has never stopped writing. He has sold over three dozen stories, to such places as Analog, Asimov's, Ellery Queen, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales, as well as to anthologies by Pocket Books and DAW. Recently he has turned his attention to novels – even ones longer than six pages. His first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, is due out from Simon and Schuster in April 2010.