The Firebird Mystery : A Jack Mason Adventure
NOTABLE BOOK FOR YOUNGER READERS, CBCA AWARDS 2015 Jack Mason has grown up as an acrobat in a circus. Now, after the tragic death of his parents, he must live inside the gloomy walls of Sunnyside Orphanage in London, a city of fog and snow, filled with airships, steam cars and metrotowers that stretch into space. Luckily for Jack, he's taken under the wing of the brilliant and eccentric detective Ignatius Doyle. Little does he know how dangerous life is about to become. A girl named Scarlet Bell comes seeking the great detective's help. Her father has been kidnapped, and the future of the world itself may be at stake. Is the evil hand of Professor M pulling all the strings? Mr Doyle and Jack know there is no time to lose. With all its twists and turns and helter-skelter action, The Firebird Mystery is an addictive story and a spellbinding homage to the world of Victorian literature that will appeal to readers of all ages.
- Paperback | 344 pages
- 128 x 198 x 27.94mm | 326g
- 04 Jun 2015
- Text Publishing
- The Text Publishing Company
- Melbourne, Australia
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'Mind-bending mystery.' * Launceston Examiner * `Thank heavens for The Firebird Mystery...a steampunk novel featuring fantastic airships, steamcars, chases and a detective whose deductive prowess owes more than a little to Sherlock Holmes.' * Independent UK * `The Firebird Mystery has everything to recommend itself - a boy's own adventure that girls will enjoy too, with never a dull or predictable moment, twists and turns that both satisfy and enthral.' * Melbourne Review of Books * `An engaging series starter.' * Booklist * 'Charming, witty and intelligently written...This series no doubt will be a huge hit for early teens, the writing is intelligent and Darrell Pitt has created characters that challenge and provoke readers to invest in the storyline.' * Diva Booknerd * `I was swept along by the fast-paced plot, captivated by the characters and surprised at a major twist at the end. I do recommend this book for readers 9 years and over who like action, mystery and adventure.' -- Buzz Words 'A thrilling book that contains adventurous characters...4 1/2 stars. Recommended to girls and boys 10 and above who love crime and mystery solving.' -- Celine, 11 years, Alphabet Soup blog 'Charming, witty and intelligently written...this series no doubt will be a huge hit for early teens, the writing is intelligent and Darrell Pitt has created characters that challenge and provoke readers to invest in the storyline.' -- Diva Booknerd 'Set in a fantastical London, filled with airships, steam cars and metrotowers stretching into space, this fast paced adventure and homage to the world of Victoria literature and Conan Doyle offers an enjoyable roller-coaster read for fans of Artemis Fowl and the Lemony Snicket series...[a] rollicking who-dunnit that will keep young Sherlocks guessing to the very end.' * Magpies * 'Non-stop action, non-stop adventure, non-stop fun!' -- Richard Harland 'Lots of mechanical mayhem and derring-do-breathless stuff.' -- Michael Pryor 'A fun story, easy to read and full of action. The action, by the way, is excellently written...Bonus points for being the first kids' book of its kind I've come across that gives mention to the suffragettes!' * Books+Publishing *
About Darrell Pitt
Darrell Pitt began his lifelong appreciation of Victorian literature when he read the Sherlock Holmes stories as a child, quickly moving on to H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. This early reading led to a love of comics, science fiction and all things geeky. Darrell is now married with one daughter. He lives in Melbourne.