Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Clockwork Three

The Clockwork Three
by Matthew J. Kirby
juvenile historical fantasy/adventure/mystery
386 pages
2010-10-01 Scholastic

At first glance Giuseppe, Frederick and Hannah have nothing in common save for the city in which they live. Through a series of seemingly unrelated events their paths cross and re-cross until they are thoroughly intertwined. Each has a secret heart's desire that they will need to divulge to the others in order to achieve it. When working together the three remarkable children accomplish amazing things and learn more about themselves in the process.
The three main characters are superbly developed. The supporting cast of personalities is equally intriguing while not overshadowing the children. A wonderful book that has hints of so many genres that there is sure to be something for everyone. At times it reads as pure historical fiction then there is a dash of fantasy or mystery with a great deal of adventure thrown in to ensure it will be devoured by all ages, boys and girls alike.
(I recommend this for 5th grade and above).

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