Clockwork by Phillip Pullman

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In this story about an apprentice clockmaker who sells his soul, Philip Pullman draws from classic literature to interweave elements of "Frankenstein, Pinocchio, Faust" and "The Nightingale".
 

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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on October 19, 1946. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English. He taught at various Oxford middle schools and at Westminster College for eight years. He is the author of many acclaimed novels, plays, and picture books for readers of all ages. His first book, Count Karlstein, was published in 1982. His other books include: The Firework-Maker's Daughter; I Was a Rat!; Clockwork or All Wound Up; and The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. He is also the author of the Sally Lockhart series and the His Dark Materials Trilogy. He has received numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Award for Northern Lights (The Golden Compass), the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for The Amber Spyglass, the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature in 2002, and the Astrid Lindgren Award in 2005. Leonid Gore moved to the U.S. from his native Russia in 1991Leonid Gore moved to the U.S. from his native Russia in 1991Leonid Gore moved to the U.S. from his native Russia in 1991. He has illustrated "The Sugar Child, The Malachite Palace,. He has illustrated "The Sugar Child, The Malachite Palace,. He has illustrated "The Sugar Child, The Malachite Palace, Sleeping Boy, Who Was Born This Special Day?, The Secret of Sleeping Boy, Who Was Born This Special Day?, The Secret of Sleeping Boy, Who Was Born This Special Day?, The Secret of the Great Houdini, The Princess Mouse, " and, most recently the Great Houdini, The Princess Mouse, " and, most recently the Great Houdini, The Princess Mouse, " and, most recently, "Saints Among the Animals" for Atheneum. He is also the au, "Saints Among the Animals" for Atheneum. He is also the au, "Saints Among the Animals" for Atheneum. He is also the author and illustrator of "Danny's First Snow." Mr. Gore livesthor and illustrator of "Danny's First Snow." Mr. Gore livesthor and illustrator of "Danny's First Snow." Mr. Gore lives with his wife and daughter in Oakland, New Jersey, where mo with his wife and daughter in Oakland, New Jersey, where mo with his wife and daughter in Oakland, New Jersey, where monarchs are occasionally sighted. narchs are occasionally sighted. narchs are occasionally sighted.
 
Published October 1, 1998 by Scholastic Inc.. 128 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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as Fritz and the others abandon the tavern, Dr. Kalmenius offers Karl a superb clockwork figure, Sir Ironsoul, which upon hearing the word ""devil,"" will stab the speaker in the throat.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this tightly wound tale by the author of The Golden Compass and Count Karlstein, clockmaking and clockmakers serve as metaphors for fiction and its practitioners. The quaint (and aptly named) Germa

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Scottish Opera and Visible Fictions' adaptation of Philip Pullman's children's story is as cleverly contrived as an intricate mechanism of meshing cogs – and about as cuddly.

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""In this tightly wound tale, clockmaking and clockmakers serve as metaphors for fiction and its practitioners,"" said PW in a starred review.

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His visual artistry coupled with the luxurious design of this hand-sized volume makes this a tale to return to time after time.

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Gr 3–8—On the eve of apprentice clockmaker Karl's unveiling of his new figure for the town clock, villagers gather in the local tavern to hear the latest chilling tale from young storyteller Fritz. Just before Fritz begins, a despondent Karl reveals to his friend that he has no figure for the clo...

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