Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Clockwork Three

You may remember I got to meet up with Matt Kirby the other day at the Author Blogger Social. Matt was nice enough to send the ARC of The Clockwork Three on a blog tour.

The synopsis from Goodreads:

Three ordinary children are brought together by extraordinary events. . . 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

My thoughts: The storytelling follows three kids in their own journeys around the city. Each has a personal journey they must attend to and end up finding and befriending each other. It's a fun blend of mystery, action, crush's, hardwork, friendship, determination, and hope.

I liked best what the author, Matthew Kirby says about what kind of book The Clockwork Three is, "It's not quite fantasy, not quite historical fiction, nor is it steampunk, but it borrows from all three genres."

A few more details:

Title: The Clockwork Three
Author: Matthew Kirby
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: October 01, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 400
Price range: $12-15

Buy it here: (Book &/or Audio)

FYI: The Kings English is hosting a launch party for The Clockwork Three at 6pm on Sept 30th, 2010. Go check it out. Matt will be answering questions, reading a passage and signing books.


Anonymous said...

It sounds excellent! I'll have to get myself a copy. =]

Valynne said...

Are you going to the signing? If so, I'll see you there!