A couple years ago, I read a book about a boy that was able to imagine a clock in his head, and make the hands of the clock spin, forward and backwards, allowing him to travel through time. I believe that the clock that he was imagining was a grandfather clock, and he had help from a another person who had the same power. Also, there was something about him coming home and finding his house burned down.

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The book "There will be Time" by Poul Anderson seems to meet your criteria. The boy's name is Jack. I don't know about the clock in the head, but he does meet other people with the same ability from a variety of time periods.


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