by: Matthew J. Kirby
Year pub: 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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
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.