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The Sock Gnome Chronicles
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Publisher:  Createspace ISBN-10:  1479157120 Type: 


Copyright:  Nov 12, 2012 ISBN-13:  9781479157129

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Follow the adventures of Billy Coatbutton as he explores Sockefeller Castle.

Have you ever wondered what happens to that one missing sock of a pair? If you have ever been folding laundry and come up with lone socks, then you may have Sock Gnomes living in your home. Billy Coatbutton is one such Gnome.
It is the day of Billy’s first test of mastery, a test to see if he will become a treasure hunter like his father. Billy has studied, practiced and prepared for this day for years. Like all Gnomes that have come of age, Billy will soon spin the Wheel of Destiny and discover which item it is that he must find to become a treasure hunter within Sockefeller castle.
Along the way he meets an old recluse Sock Gnome named Helix BonsaiTree, who has more than a little to say about the practices of the greedy Sockefellers, and helps Billy to chose the right path.
During his dangerous quest Billy must overcome a vicious rat, a hungry cat, and many other obstacles, all without the help or protection of Gnomeland Sockurity. He is determined to pass his test of mastery on the first try, a feat accomplished by only one other Sock Gnome, his father.
Billy will face many decisions, the greatest of all will leave the
life of a human child hanging in the balance.
Sock gnomes have been around for a long time. Their history dates back
nearly as far as humans’. It is true that they steal your socks, and although
you think that they take only one of a pair, leaving you with a useless
lone sock, they actually do on occasion steal the whole pair.
You see, sock gnomes wear your socks for clothes. They cut out a
neck hole and arm holes at the end of the sock and pull it over their
heads, kind of like a poncho. They have also been known to wear them
as robes. Sock gnomes wear only plain white socks with no color during
their childhood, or when they are gnomekins. This is why plain white
pairs disappear, though you may not notice. Now, with colorful socks,
ones with designs, pictures, and words, they only take one of these.
When a male sock gnome comes of age and has established himself
as a provider to the clan, he may go on the dangerous quest of stealing a
single colorful sock from the humans (you). The wearing of the sock lets
the females know that if they want to marry this male, they must pick his
matching sock.
You see, most of us humans hold on to the single sock left behind
for awhile, waiting and hoping that the matching sock from the pair will
turn up in the laundry some day, but it never does. When finally we
throw it away, the sock gnomes are there to collect it from the trash.
The discarded single socks are collected by the Keeper of the Socks and
kept safe in the Vault of Socks until Sock Day, the one day out of the
year when all eligible females have a chance to choose a single sock, the
matching sock of the one they wish to marry. If the male does not wish
to marry the gnome female, the sock is returned to the Vault of Socks.
Once a male is chosen, he becomes the female’s husband and together
they wear the matching socks as humans would wear wedding rings.

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