The Left-Handed Fate

The Left-Handed Fate

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Return to Nagspeake with this next adventure from the bestselling author of National Book Award nominee Greenglass House. Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission: find the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine and stop the war raging between their home country of England and Napoleon Bonaparte's France. During their search, their ship, the famous Left-Handed Fate, is taken by the Americans. And not just any Americans. The Fate (and, with it, Lucy and Max), are put under the command of Oliver Dexter, who's only just turned twelve. Lucy and Max aren't the only ones trying to put the engine together; two other crews are in hot pursuit. Will they bring Oliver around to their cause? And who will reach their goal first?
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 147 x 218 x 32mm | 482g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0805098003
  • 9780805098006
  • 701,430

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"This world has a seductive, fairytale quality - Patrick O'Brian's Captain Aubrey series as seen through the lens of Hayao Miyazaki. . . It's impossible not to admire The Left-Handed Fate for its epic scope, joyful evocation of life on the high seas and suspenseful mystery." --The New York Times Book Review

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on The Left-Handed Fate

"Beautifully written, with careful attention to historical details . . . An unusually rigorous romp for lovers of steampunk, mystery, and swashbuckling adventure." --School Library Journal on The Left-Handed Fate

"the story teems with lively characters and a captivating sense of place, all driven along by the engrossing puzzle of the mysterious contraption. . . . A colorful, swashbuckling caper full of heart." --Booklist on The Left-Handed Fate

"The idea of achieving peace through superior firepower is effectively questioned over the course of the narrative, but it is the human questions of honor, courage, and generosity--embodied in decisive Lucy, philosophical Max, impish Liao, and dutiful Oliver--that will leave readers cheering by the book's rousing close." --The Horn Book on The Left-Handed Fate

Greenglass House

National Book Award Longlist

"An enchanting, empowering, and cozy read." -Booklist, starred review

"An abundantly diverting mystery." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Give this one to fans of Trenton Lee Stewart's The Mysterious Benedict Society." -School Library Journal
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About Kate Milford

Kate Milford is the author of The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands, The Kairos Mechanism, Bluecrowne, and Greenglass House, which was long-listed for the National Book Award. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Kate now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

Eliza Wheeler grew up in northern Wisconsin in a family of artists, musicians, and teachers. Her picture book Miss Maple's Seeds debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Eliza has illustrated several other children's books, including the Newbery Honor Book Doll Bones by Holly Black. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
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Rating details

353 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 29% (101)
4 38% (135)
3 26% (92)
2 5% (18)
1 2% (7)
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