Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clockwork Three


by: Matthew J. Kirby
Pages: 395
Format: Hardcover
Year pub: 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Three ordinary children are brought together by extraordinary events. . . .

Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician who sees no way to escape from his ruthless master, until the day he finds an enchanted violin.

Frederick is an apprentice clockmaker with a past he cannot remember, who secretly works to build the most magnificent clockwork man the world has ever seen.

Hannah is a maid in a grand hotel, whose life is one of endless drudgery, until she encounters a mystifying new guest and learns of a hidden treasure.

As mysterious circumstances bring them together, the lives of these three children soon interlock, and they realize that each one holds the key to the others’ puzzles. Together, the three discover they have phenomenal power when they team up as friends, and that they can overcome even the darkest of fears.
What a nice concluding ending. Ehh???? It could be open for a follow up of a sequel or something, but ending it that could work too. Kirby builds this world in America but kind of Victorian-era...ish. This book got me on three words: violin, clockmaker, maid. And the three main character are very likable, you just want to hug them and take them and stalk follow them until they're okay, and everything is going to be alright.


The first one you meet is Giuseppe. He works for this cruel man named Stephano. He finds a green violin one day and thinks it could get him a ticket back to Italy where he longs to see his family again. During which, he helps another, younger, boy named Pietro. I liked how even though Giuseppe had little he didn't steal, he paid for his food or else go starved. He thought he could collect enough money too. And--my golly!!!- $45 for a boat ticket, one-way, to Italy. At least in Kirby's world.

After that chapter is through with the whole feel of Giuseppe, you meet Frederick. He is a clockwork apprentice to Master Branch and is building a clockwork man (automaton) in secret in the cellar. All he needs is the head. Which he thinks is the most complex part in the whole body. I really liked Frederick, he was nice, and even though he had a secret in the orphanage, he was sweet and kind. 

The third one is Hannah. She is a maid at Mr. Twines hotel. Her papa is ill so she mostly takes care of the house and family in the money mess. So her mom doesn't go to work to take care of her papa full time and her two sisters don't go to school with so little money they have. She becomes an attendant to this new guest in the hotel and overhears about a treasure (?). She actually tries to find it and in difficulty she may will. Her relationship with Frederick was so sweet!!!! I was like "kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss" every time they met up. :D 

This tale is an adventure, something heart-warming, and something enjoyable on any day. You just don't know what will eventually happen to them.


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