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In the hallowed halls of Oxfords Merlin College, the most talented—and highest born—sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover…

 

Grays deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace—and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callenders country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professors daughter.

 

Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her fathers wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings.

 

Sophie and Grays meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the kings closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed. They are determined to find out, no matter the cost…

 

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The prim and proper world of Regency England crossed with the wizardly doings of high fantasy--now that's something to write home about!

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A great deal is happening in London and the country this season.

For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And then there's Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is.

Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren't having so much fun!

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Thirteen-year-old Natalie Minks loves machines, particularly automataandmdash;self-operating mechanical devices, usually powered by clockwork. When Jake Limberleg and his traveling medicine show arrive in her small Missouri town with a mysterious vehicle under a tarp and an uncanny ability to make Natalieandrsquo;s half-built automaton move, she feels in her gut that something about this caravan of healers is a bit off. Her uneasiness leads her to investigate the intricate maze of the medicine show, where she discovers a horrible truth and realizes that only she has the power to set things right.

Set in 1914, The Boneshaker is a gripping, richly textured novel about family, community, courage, and looking evil directly in the face in order to conquer it.

About the Author

Kate Milford lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has written for stage and screen, and is a regular travel columnist for the Nagspeake Board of Tourism and Culture. The Boneshaker is her first book.

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mulliner, November 26, 2012 (view all comments by mulliner)
An epistolary novel of a Regency England that never was, but really should have been. I read that it started out as a game, with Wrede and Stevermer taking turns writing chapters, and dropping them off at each other's house, and then they realized it could come together into a novel. Naturally, I can't find that tale online now.

It's the story of two young ladies in a sort-of Regency England, with magic. They live in the country and are of an age when going to London for the season is all they can think about when all sorts of excitement takes place. The story is told in letters written as beautifully as only letters in epistolary novels can be. There are mysterious goings-on in the local country houses to be investigated. There are love interests, danger, and courage!

It is a pure delight. I was with a group of women a few years ago when the subject of books came up, and someone mentioned this. Every single one of us cried out "I love that book!" It's marketed as YA, and certainly is appropriate for that age group to read, but I discovered it in my forties, and adored it.
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Lieder Madchen, April 26, 2011 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
This is one of my favorite young adult novels of all time. I cannot count how many times I have read and re-read it. It is hilariously funny and never gets old. At first, before I started reading it the first time, I was not at all sure that I even wanted to try it. Normally I dislike letter stories, but I really liked the other works of Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, so eventually I borrowed it from the library. As soon as I started, I was hooked. The wit, humor, atmosphere were fantastic. Kate and Cecy manage to get into such absurd and sometimes dangerous situations interspersed with new gowns and garden parties. It was wonderful!
Just yesterday I finished reading this book aloud to my sister (10) and brother (7). I read the whole thing with a faux British accent while attempting to attempting to get all of the emotions right as well. Afterward, I found it difficult in the extreme to go back to my normal speech patterns. I had to edit a couple of sentences aloud for my little brother's benefit, but it didn't seem to make a difference to him or my sister. (They both laughed a lot and my sister made kissy faces at several intervals when she perceived romance in the offing.)
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bookgirl94, January 15, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
This was so good plus the sequel is just as great!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152053000
Author:
Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Publisher:
Harcourt Brace and Company
Author:
Wrede, Patricia C.
Author:
Hunter, Sylvia Izzo
Author:
Stevermer, Caroline
Author:
Offermann, Andrea
Author:
Milford, Kate
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Magic Carpet Books
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Cover illustration by Allen Douglas
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by ,
The prim and proper world of Regency England crossed with the wizardly doings of high fantasy--now that's something to write home about!

"Synopsis" by ,
A great deal is happening in London and the country this season.

For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And then there's Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is.

Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren't having so much fun!

"Synopsis" by ,
Thirteen-year-old Natalie Minks loves machines, particularly automataandmdash;self-operating mechanical devices, usually powered by clockwork. When Jake Limberleg and his traveling medicine show arrive in her small Missouri town with a mysterious vehicle under a tarp and an uncanny ability to make Natalieandrsquo;s half-built automaton move, she feels in her gut that something about this caravan of healers is a bit off. Her uneasiness leads her to investigate the intricate maze of the medicine show, where she discovers a horrible truth and realizes that only she has the power to set things right.

Set in 1914, The Boneshaker is a gripping, richly textured novel about family, community, courage, and looking evil directly in the face in order to conquer it.

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