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This is a strange and beautiful steampunk adventure for middle grade readers! Jack slips into a marvelous world of soot and steel, of clockwork girls and flying ships. But in this fabulous city, Jack is in terrible danger…
~Fiona— From Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times
A boy discovers a mysterious mechanical world he may never escape in this steampunk fantasy that's "a thrill a minute" (Kirkus Reviews), set in nineteenth-century England. Ten-year-old Jack Foster has stepped through a doorway and into quite a different London. Londinium is a smoky, dark, and dangerous place, home to mischievous metal fairies and fearsome clockwork dragons that breathe scalding steam. The people wear goggles to protect their eyes, brass grill insets in their nostrils to filter air, or mechanical limbs to replace missing ones. Over it all rules the Lady, and the Lady has demanded a new son--a perfect flesh-and-blood child. She has chosen Jack. His only hope of escape lies with a legendary clockwork bird. The Gearwing grants wishes--or it did, before it was broken--before it was killed. But some things don't stay dead forever. Fans of books like Splendors and Glooms and Doll Bones will find Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times irresistible.