The Clockwork Three by Matthew J KirbyThe Clockwork Three by Matthew J Kirby

The Clockwork Three

byMatthew J Kirby

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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A richly woven adventure story that is sure to become a classic!

Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician from Italy, who was sold by his uncle to work as a slave for an evil padrone in the U.S. But when a mysterious green violin enters his life he begins to imagine a life of freedom.

Hannah is a soft-hearted, strong-willed girl from the tenements, who supports her family as a hotel maid when tragedy strikes and her father can no longer work. She learns about a hidden treasure, which she knows will save her family - if she can find it.

And Frederick, the talented and intense clockmaker's apprentice, seeks to learn the truth about his mother while trying to forget the nightmares of the orphanage where she left him. He is determined to build an automaton and enter the clockmakers' guild - if only he can create a working head.

Together, the three discover they have phenomenal power when they team up as friends, and that they can overcome even the darkest of fears.

Matthew J. Kirby was named Publishers Weekly Flying Start for his acclaimed debut novel, The Clockwork Three. He was born in Utah, and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. As an undergraduate he majored in history, and then went on to pursue an MS in school psychology. For ten months out of the year, he works with students, and...
Title:The Clockwork ThreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.57 × 5.28 × 0.97 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545203384

ISBN - 13:9780545203388

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steampunk about Three Dickensian Loners Reason for Reading: This book came unsolicited but I enjoy steampunk as well as stories set in Victorian-like eras, especially from the lower class point of view. This is a tough book to categorize. It centres around clockmakers, clockworks and an automaton within a Victorian (or Victorian-like) society and is obviously steampunk but from there it defies generalization. There is a mystery; this is mostly realistic fiction but there is just that tiny hint of fantasy; the author's note let's us know that some of the events are a compilation from actual events in history, though no dates or name places are given to let us know whether this is happening on our Earth or an alternate Earth. None of this really matters. What the story is, is adventure at top-speed, unique plotline and a page turner. I was hooked at the first chapter and was held in this book's grip until the wonderful satisfying end. The three child characters are each fantastic as we get to know them and beautifully written. They are all similar in age and yet they go gradually from eldest to youngest. Each has a wounded soul and a problem in their lower class life that seems insurmountable. As pairs of the three meet each other and start helping each other it isn't until the three finally all meet together they realize that each one holds the key to another's problem and as such sets forth the tale that will change each of their lives forever. The book has a Dickensian feel to it. Of course, starting with the Oliver Twist-like story of orphan Giuseppe and the buskers under the abusive thumb of Stephano. Then with the motley cast of characters with names such as Mrs. Treeless, Mr. Grumholdt and Mr. Stroop. A fantastic story that both readers of Victorian historical fiction and those of steampunk or sure to enjoy. A brilliant first novel, full of characterization and a plot that doesn't let up until the end. Very satisfying and recommended. I'll be reading this author again!
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... Wow. This book is simply amazing! It's about three kids who all want something. They all try to figure out a way so that all of them can have what the want. Every chapter, it jumps to the next character, which I love. In the beginning, you can't really see the relationships between them, and their paths crossing. It kind of lets you see further in, like revealing something slowly. The three main character's names are: Giuseppe, Frederick and Hannah. Hannah worked as a maid in a hotel. Frederick is an apprentice to a clockmaker who is also his father and Giuseppe worked in the streets as a street preformed and all the money he made went to the person who 'owned' him named Stephano. Giuseppe's adventure starts by finding a green violin in the sea where a shipwrecked occurred.
Date published: 2012-01-04

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From The Clockwork ThreeWhen Giuseppe found the green violin, he did not think it would help him escape. He did not think it would play at all when he pulled it from the harbour. It bobbed and bumped around beneath the pier, still in its case, and a satisfied seagull perched on it. Giuseppe shooed the bird away and fished the case out of the water with a long pole. Inside it, he found the most beautiful, most remarkable violin he had ever seen. The varnished wood rippled deeper than green, like river water.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Clockwork Three"[D]ebut novelist Kirby has assembled all the ingredients for a rousing adventure, which he delivers with rich transporting prose. Mixing fantasy and steampunk elements with subtle urban mythology, Kirby's immersive story can be read as a modern morality play or a satisfying stand-alone tale." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"Part mystery, part adventure, part science project, The Clockwork Three is as imaginative as it is fun. Kirby's attention to detail and descriptive powers are fantastic..." - Desert News"A strong debut effort with memorable characters, hearty action, and palpable atmospherics." - Booklist