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Thirteen-year-old Lily Hartman always dreamed of adventure. A strong-willed girl, Lily felt trapped in a life of Victorian stuffiness at her prim boarding school. But after her father-a famous inventor-disappears on a routine zeppelin flight, Lily's life gets turned upside down. Now cared for by her guardian, the heartless Madame Verdigris, Lily is quite certain that she's being watched. Mysterious, silver-eyed men are lurking in the shadows, just waiting for their chance to strike. But what could they possibly want from her? There are rumors, Lily learns, that her father had invented the most valuable invention ever made-a perpetual motion machine. But if he made such a miraculous discovery, he certainly never told Lily. And all he left behind is a small box-with no key, no hinges. With the help of a clockmaker's son, Robert, and her mechanimal fox, Malkin, Lily escapes London in search of the one person who might know something about her father's disappearance-and what he left behind.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • Provo, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1631632876
  • 9781631632877
  • 55,336

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"This steampunk adventure has it all: a missing person, deadly sabotage, secret technology, zeppelin chases, and a cast of heroes the reader will come to love." -VOYA "An exciting, fast-paced adventure." --Booklist "Swiftly paced with clever details, this novel's world of weird mechanical creatures, heroes, and villains in a fantastic Victorian England setting will appeal to young readers." -School Library Journal "Fantastically imaginative. With great style and panache, the novel deftly winds through the intricacies of friendship and moral choice while maintaining a fun edge." -Publishers Weekly "Introduces dastardly villains, friendly mechanicals, and thrilling airship action ... with hair-raising and cinematic charm." --Kirkus Reviews "Delightful and inventive--a captivating adventure for middle-grade readers." --Foreword Review
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About Peter Bunzl

Peter Bunzl grew up in London and lives there with his partner Michael. He is a BAFTA-award-winning animator, as well as a writer and filmmaker
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Rating details

1,802 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 34% (616)
4 41% (745)
3 20% (365)
2 3% (59)
1 1% (17)
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