Synopses & Reviews
A magical crime saga filled with marvelous thrills, high action, and extraordinary adventure, from critically acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby.
After Ben Warner is recruited to join a "science camp" led by the eccentric quantum physicist Dr. Madeleine Hughes, he quickly realizes it's no regular science camp. Along with his new friend, Peter, Ben discovers the secret, powerful art of Actuation -- the ability to change reality by simply imagining it differently.
When a mysterious group of men invade Dr. Hughes's laboratory, abducting her and stealing her precious equipment, Ben and Peter are suddenly caught up in a turf war between dangerous actuators desperate for Dr. Hughes's innovative technology. And as Ben and Peter are pulled into a perilous, hidden world full of impossibilities now made possible, will their combined powers be enough to save Dr. Hughes and vanquish their enemies before it's too late?
From Edgar Award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby comes a fast-paced, boldly imagined tale of friendship, deadly adventure, and the infinite power of imagination.
"When grandmotherly Dr. Hughes's afterschool science camp turns out to be a training ground for 'Actuators,' 12-year old Ben's life becomes much more interesting. Using quantum mechanics and augmenting equipment, he learns to manipulate his thoughts to create clouds, rain, and lightning. After two groups of rival scientists, the Dread Cloaks and the Quantum League, discover that Dr. Hughes has invented a 'portable augmenter,' Ben is enmeshed in a power struggle of cosmic dimensions. Kirby (The Lost Kingdom) infuses this action-packed spy thriller with layers of moral ambiguity. Identified as an actuating prodigy, Ben struggles to decipher how to manage his gifts and which side to use them for, knowing his choice has high stakes. Although tempted to believe one leader's warning 'Evil people can do great harm with very little power.... We are not perfect, but we are all the world has' Ben questions the dogma and tactics of all combatants. This first book in the Quantum League series provides satisfying partial closure, while intriguing storylines to be developed will leave readers eager for the next installment. Ages 8 12. Agent: Stephen Fraser, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for ICEFALL
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery
Winner of the PEN Center Literary Award
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing Selection
Winner of the Judy Lopez Memorial Award
"[A] taut, compelling mystery and survival story." --BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"[A] claustrophobic, thought-provoking coming-of-age adventure that shows a young woman growing into her own, while demonstrating the power of myth and legend."
"Elegant and exciting." --BOOKLIST
"A well-crafted story rich with emotion and intrigue. A thoroughly engaging read!"
--Brandon Mull, bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series
"Clear, lively, exciting, and unstoppable as the torrent of meltwater from a glacier, ICEFALL confirms Matthew Kirby as one of our finest new writers for young adults. Readers of any age may be enthralled by the bitter Nordic winter setting and the story of a girl who needs a lot of courage to discover who she is." --Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed author of the Earthsea Cycle
Praise for THE CLOCKWORK THREE
"In this riveting historical fantasy . . . debut novelist Kirby has assembled all the ingredients for a rousing adventure, which he delivers with rich, transporting prose."
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
"[M]emorable 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 the 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 currently at work on his next novel. Visit his website at www.matthewjkirby.com.