The Whatnot is the international bestseller and
sequel to Stefan Bachmann's riveting and acclaimed debut novel,
The Peculiar, which Publishers Weekly called "An
absolute treat for readers of any age" and the Los Angeles
Times compared to "Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment,
Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities and more recent
classics, such as J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket's
A Series of Unfortunate Events."
Twelve-year-old Pikey Thomas is missing an eye, a family, and
friends of any sort. Named for the box he was found in-Thomas Ltd.
Crackers and Biscuits. Premium Quality-Pikey lives under the
tanner's shop and does odd jobs for him. One day, running from
bigger boys set on bullying him, Pikey finds himself in front of a
grand, beautiful house. There he meets a black-winged faery who
begs for his help. The faery's wing is damaged-cricked and hanging
at an uncomfortable angle-and Pikey clicks it back into place. It's
a small gesture of kindness and bravery in steam-powered Victorian
London, where faeries, now banned, are on the run or imprisoned,
where the human armies are preparing for war, and where the
changeling Bartholomew Kettle, aided by Arthur Jelliby, still
searches for his missing sister, Hettie. This is the epic,
imaginative, unforgettable, and ultimately hopeful sequel to Stefan
Bachmann's acclaimed debut novel, The Peculiar.