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The Clockwork Threeby Matthew J. Kirby
Synopses & Reviews
An enchanted green violin, an automaton that comes to life, and a hidden treasure... The Clockwork Three is a richly woven adventure story that is sure to become a classic!
Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician from Italy, who was sold by his uncle to work as a slave for an evil padrone in the U.S. But when a mysterious green violin enters his life he begins to imagine a life of freedom.
Hannah is a soft-hearted, strong-willed girl from the tenements, who supports her family as a hotel maid when tragedy strikes and her father can no longer work. She learns about a hidden treasure, which she knows will save her family — if she can find it.
And Frederick, the talented and intense clockmaker's apprentice, seeks to learn the truth about his mother while trying to forget the nightmares of the orphanage where she left him. He is determined to build an automaton and enter the clockmakers' guild — if only he can create a working head.
Together, the three discover they have phenomenal power when they team up as friends, and that they can overcome even the darkest of fears.
[D]ebut novelist Kirby has assembled all the ingredients for a rousing adventure, which he delivers with rich, transporting prose. Mixing fantasy and steampunk elements with subtle urban mythology, Kirby's immersive story can be read as a modern morality play or a satisfying stand-alone tale.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Part mystery, part adventure, part science project, The Clockwork Three is as imaginative as it is fun. Kirby's attention to detail and descriptive powers are fantastic....” Desert News
A strong debut effort with memorable characters, hearty action, and palpable atmospherics.” Booklist
About the Author
Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels Icefall, which won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, and The Clockwork Three. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. Matthew is a school psychologist. He and his wife live in northern Idaho, where he is working on his next novel. Visit his website at www.matthewjkirby.com.
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