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The Cabinet of Wonders - Marie Rutkoski
The Cabinet of Wonders
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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... show more
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. This startling debut novel, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism.  The Cabinet of Wonders is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780374310264 (0374310262)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 258
Edition language: English
Series: The Kronos Chronicles (#1)
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A Sea of Stars
A Sea of Stars rated it
3.0
Imaginative.
Miss Clark
Miss Clark rated it
A solid 3.5 starsA good MG fantasy that I thoroughly enjoyed and will definitely be picking up the sequel. Slight steampunk vibe.
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it
4.0
by Marie RutkoskiOpening line: “The yellow hills rose and fell in sunny tops and valleys.”Petra Kronos’s father understands metal. Not only does he know which metal has the best memory (silver), but he can work with it using only his mind. But now he is in Prague building a wonderful clock for the P...
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