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The Boundless

by Kenneth Oppel

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | March 28, 2014 | Hardcover

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All aboard for a non-stop fantasy adventure on the Titanic of trains!

"Will stares up, too. The locomotive steams, her hot breath curling from the smokestacks atop the three-storey boiler. He can feel the tremor of her expectant power through the station platform, through the very air. Massive and black, she''s like something forged with lightning and thunder."

Will Everett wasn''t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but after his family''s fortunes change, he finds himself with a first-class ticket for The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an onboard swimming pool, cinema and much more. But its maiden voyage won''t be a smooth ride for Will. After witnessing a murder during a station stop, he barely makes it back onto the train (with a running leap!), then must work his way from the caboose forward to his father in first class-with the murderer and his cronies on his tail. Luckily, a clever and nimble friend is perfecting her act in The Boundless''s circus car, and there the real thrill ride begins. Sasquatches, bog-dwelling hags and illusions abound in this outsized middle-grade adventure.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.6 × 5.9 × 1.2 in

Published: March 28, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443410268

ISBN - 13: 9781443410267

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– More About This Product –

The Boundless

by Kenneth Oppel

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.6 × 5.9 × 1.2 in

Published: March 28, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443410268

ISBN - 13: 9781443410267

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All aboard for a non-stop fantasy adventure on the Titanic of trains!

"Will stares up, too. The locomotive steams, her hot breath curling from the smokestacks atop the three-storey boiler. He can feel the tremor of her expectant power through the station platform, through the very air. Massive and black, she''s like something forged with lightning and thunder."

Will Everett wasn''t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but after his family''s fortunes change, he finds himself with a first-class ticket for The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an onboard swimming pool, cinema and much more. But its maiden voyage won''t be a smooth ride for Will. After witnessing a murder during a station stop, he barely makes it back onto the train (with a running leap!), then must work his way from the caboose forward to his father in first class-with the murderer and his cronies on his tail. Luckily, a clever and nimble friend is perfecting her act in The Boundless''s circus car, and there the real thrill ride begins. Sasquatches, bog-dwelling hags and illusions abound in this outsized middle-grade adventure.

About the Author

“Canadian railway history, fantasy, a flutter of romance—and a thoughtful examination of social injustice—collide in this entertaining swashbuckler from the author of Printz Honor–winning Airborn (2005).” – Kirkus Reviews “With its imaginative plot, cast of colorful, well-rounded characters, and nonstop action, Oppel’s latest is a delight to read from the first page right through the satisfying conclusion. Take note: This book will be popular!” – School Library Journal “While Kenneth Oppel may be known for his brisk plots and inventive premises, he reveals himself as a modern-day Farley Mowat in his latest effort, an all-Canadian thriller set in the 1800s. . . . Oppel skillfully balances lesson and legend. Steeped in Canadiana and suspense, The Boundless reads like a blood-speckled love letter to the late 19th century in the True North strong and free.” – Quill & Quire “Oppel offers a grand adventure story that is firmly rooted in Canadian history …. This vividly imagined, present-tense narrative features a series of heart-stopping action scenes involving dozens of memorable characters…. An epic journey novel with a distinctive setting, a powerful sense of adventure, and just a whiff of steampunk.” - Booklist “Oppel’s ( Such Wicked Intent ) imagination and sense of adventure never disappoint, and readers should thrill to this rousing tale as it barrels ahead at full speed.” - Publishers Weekly “Kenneth Oppel returns with another rip-roaring adventure tale for readers aged
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Editorial Reviews

The Boundless is a grand, lavish spectacle of proportions as exciting as the train itself, the likes of which is rarely seen in Canadian children''s literature.. As serious as its philosophy and ideology are, at its core The Boundless is a rollicking adventure tale incorporating all the best features of the genre..The Boundless will become another timeless Canadian classic, standing in good company with Oppel''s other works. Highly Recommended." - CM MAGAZINE

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