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Matthew J. Kirby

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Værker af Matthew J. Kirby

The Clockwork Three (2010) 987 eksemplarer
Icefall (2011) 465 eksemplarer
Cave of Wonders (2013) 249 eksemplarer
Last Descendants (2016) 216 eksemplarer
A Taste for Monsters (2016) 187 eksemplarer
The Quantum League #1: Spell Robbers (2014) 173 eksemplarer
Tomb of the Khan (2016) 126 eksemplarer
The Lost Kingdom (2013) 98 eksemplarer
The Arctic Code (2015) 68 eksemplarer
Star Splitter (2023) 67 eksemplarer
Island of the Sun (2016) 36 eksemplarer
The Rogue World (2017) 15 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 24 (2009) — Omslagsfotograf/tegner/... — 7 eksemplarer
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 16 — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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Shades of [b:Hugo Cabret|67593|The Invention of Hugo Cabret|Brian Selznick|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170676646s/67593.jpg|527941], [b:Thief Lord|113304|The Thief Lord|Cornelia Funke|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1280990877s/113304.jpg|3313414], and [b:Oliver Twist|18254|Oliver Twist|Charles Dickens|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1255733364s/18254.jpg|3057979], with a sort of Gangs of New York setting, brought together in a kind of magical, sad, but ultimately hopeful, plot. Once I was about halfway through, I found this big, ambitious first novel hard to put down.

It's basically about three kids with very hard lives wandering around a big 19th Century New England city (presumably New York, though it isn't actually identified as such). They're each deeply troubled in some way, and each yearns for a specific solution to their grief. As it turns out, the answers to their problems lay in working together.

Like another new book I read earlier this year ([b:Boys Without Names|6580712|Boys without Names|Kashmira Sheth|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1250894213s/6580712.jpg|6774144]), there is a lot of child labor in this story. We see how in early America children were kidnapped and sold into slavery, or forced to work long hours to support their struggling families. It's very sad and distressing. But our young heroes are resilient despite the burdens placed on them.

I don't want to give away the plot, which is actually pretty complicated and hard to sum up. Suffice it to say, this has the potential to be really popular, and deservedly so. Kirby has a gift for describing the emotional turmoil his three main characters struggle with, and he makes each of them likable and believable in their own way. Giuseppe is the youngest, a busker with a heart of gold. Hannah loves to read, but is forced to quit school and go to work as a maid when her father can no longer provide for his family. Frederick, the oldest, lives in relative ease as a clockmaker's apprentice, but his memories of living in a terrible sweat shop/orphanage haunt him. Throw in a golem, a spiritualist, a park warden, a mysterious treasure, and an old churchyard and you've got yourself plenty of material for a great story.
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LibrarianDest | 30 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
good! need to get my hands on the next one soon!
lmauro123 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 28, 2023 |
good! need to get my hands on the next one soon!
lmauro123 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 28, 2023 |
I didn't read this. I got it in a lot with other books.
jezebellydancer | Oct 20, 2023 |



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