Butler, Dave The Kidnap Plot (The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie #1), 326 pages. Knopf (Random), 2016. $17. Content: G (some mild fighting).
Charlie’s father rarely lets him out of the house, and never off his dark, noisy, little street. Then comes the night when mysterious men invade his father’s clockwork shop and kidnap his father away. Now Charlie must turn to strangers for help – two boys from the streets or London, a hulder (troll), a pixie, and a kobold. Together they must track down the Iron Cog and unmask an evil plot involving danger to the Queen of England and rescue Charlie’s father before the shadowy group puts all of England at risk. Along the way, Charlie will learn some important secrets about himself.
Butler’s steampunk tale is fun fantasy addition, with lots of menace and more than one betrayal. Kids who like a mystery tied up with a historical-ish setting with have a grand time.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher