The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
The Kronos Chronicles: Book I (Kronos Chronicles Trilogy)

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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 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.
 

About Marie Rutkoski

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Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society, and has also written the children's fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids' List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among other honors. She usually lives in New York City with her husband and two sons, but she and her family are now living in Paris for the 2012-2013 academic year.
 
Published August 5, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 284 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Travel, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Add this heady mix of history and enchantment to the season's list of astonishingly accomplished first novels: in Rutkowski's multilayered version of late–16th-century Bohemia, magicians coexist with peasants and courtiers, a tribe of gypsies use specially endowed “ghost” fingers, and the fate of...

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If you would like your own copy of this exciting children's book you can find it at Schuler Books & Music, Barnes & Noble Books in Lansing or at Amazon here: The Cabinet of Wonders: The Kronos Chronicles: Book I I am well past the recommended reading age of 12 but enjoyed reading "The Cabinet o...

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Marie Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children.

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