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Marie Rutkoski's startling debut novel, the first book in the Kronos Chronicles, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism.
Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it's never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world's finest astronomical clock. Petra's life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home – blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn't know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father's eyes back. Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father's clock has powers capable of destroying their world.
The Cabinet of Wonders is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
An Indie Next Kids' List Great Read, Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Utah Beehive Book Award Master List, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, AudioFile Earphones Award, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Publishers Weekly "Flying Start", Utah Children's Book Award Master List
The yellow hills rose and fell in sunny tops and valleys. The Bohemian countryside on this August morning looked almost like a golden ocean with huge, swelling waves.
A rickety cart was wending its way through...
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