The Clockwork Three

When orphaned street musician Giuseppe finds a green violin washed up in New York docks, he somehow KNOWS it will change his life. But how? The very same day, Hannah, a maid at a local hotel, gets a strange new mistress. Why are Madame X and her mysterious Russian minder living in a hotel? What are they hiding from? Across the square, Frederick, a clockmaker’s apprentice, hides his dark terrors – and his dream of building a magnificent automaton. There is nothing to link these three children, except the green violin and a chance encounter on the street. But soon they are swept into an epic adventure, a quest for freedom, and the search for a priceless hidden treasure…

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    Fantastic! A mix of fantasy, historical fiction, and sci-fi. It’s one cool book, and I really recommend it.

    4 March 2013

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    “The Clockwork Three focuses on three children – Giuseppe, Frederick, and Hannah. A green violin, a magical automation, and a hidden treasure all have a part in this wonderful book.

    I can’t even describe how much I enjoyed reading this book! The plot was very exciting and suspenseful, I never wanted to put it down. Matthew Kirby is a fantastic writer, he made the people and places seem so real. I really recommend this book!”

    Hannah, age 13

    “A touching story showing how much friends matter. This story shows the lives led by three young children, which collide. They go on a dangerous journey, resulting in stronger relationships between each character. This book is a great story for 10 year olds to teenagers. A memorable book.”

    Aysha, age 12

    “The Clockwork Three has a good sense of adventure and a good dose of fantasy. It’s a perfect classic adventure by Matthew Kirby. A boy finds a green violin and uses it to save the day. Read it to find out how!”

    Jack, age 12

    18 October 2010

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