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I'm a costume designer, makeup artist, teacher, mom, sewer, knitter, baker, want-to-learn-how-to-do-it-all, blogging, Costumed Beagle enthusiast. I am not always pleasant, although through intensive cupcake therapy I have learned not to throw knives at people anymore.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Book Review: The Clockwork Three

The Clockwork Three
by Matthew Kirby

William and I read this on suggestion from one of our Librarians Miss Ellen.  She knows us pretty well and will often suggest books that she thinks we will like when she sees us.  This is one of the benefits of a tiny local library, you get to know your librarians and they get to know you.  We have another that will go around and get our holds for us when he sees us...because yup, he knows us by name.

The story revolves around three kids in a sort of obscure time period (we asked the author about that and he said he did it on purpose, but that the whole story hinges on a  1973 newpaper story he read, which you can read about at the back--in the author bio, maybe?).

The kids live and work in different areas of the city, and each has a serious problem.  They rather fortuitiously become involved in each others lives and work to solve each of their respective problems.

Frederick, one of the three, works as an apprentice to a clockmaker.

The story includes an obese mystic and her Russian bodyguard, a gang of thugs, a tiny Italian orphan, an automaton, a magic violin and a mystery.

Anyway, we both read it and then lo and behold, the author is local and was coming to do a lecture/book signing at our library.  This was terribly exciting because we'd never met an actual author before.  As you can see, William has on his pre-teen thrilled face (also what is going on with that hair parted in the middle??).  Never let the expression of a pre-teen fool you into thinking that they aren't experiencing something.  They are.  They are just learning to do that terribly age appropriate thing where they pretend they hate everything.  You should have seen him in line to get the book...it was like we going to see a rock star.

Great book for 9-12ish.  Anna is a slightly more advanced reader for her age and she read this one on her own and liked it too, so if you've got a good reader on your hands, or if you are reading it together you could easily go as young as 7 or 8.

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