Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby

Food to eat while reading: Steampunked Fish and Chips

I met Matthew Kirby at a Writing for Charity event in 2009 and have been eager to read his story ever since.

 What I liked:

The first line: “When Giuseppe found the green violin, he did not think it would help him escape.” This line promises magic and tells me right away that the character is in a precarious situation.

I haven’t heard of a steampunk book for middle grade readers, and Kirby expertly fills the niche. Steamboats, a clockwork man, child labor and the impending Edison electricity all populate this fable-like tale.

Three children are in need of something that they can only get through dependence on another. The three storylines are woven together into a beautiful tapestry that could only be created by their collaboration.