The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

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An enchanted green violin, an automaton that comes to life, and a hidden treasure. . . . THE CLOCKWORK THREE is a richly woven adventure story that is sure to become a classic!

Three ordinary children are brought together by extraordinary events. . .

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.

About Matthew J. Kirby

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Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels ICEFALL and THE CLOCKWORK THREE. He was born in Utah, and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. For ten months out of the year he works with students, and during the rest of the year he writes. He and his wife currently live in northern Utah. Visit his website at
Published February 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press. 404 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Three poor children leading separate lives find friendship and marvel in a late-19th-century alternative-American city.

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In this riveting historical fantasy, which plays out in an unnamed American city in the mid-19th century, three children's lives intersect as they seek, individually and together, a treasure that could make their fondest dreams come true.

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Deseret News

In "The Clockwork Three," a new book for middle readers by Utahn Matthew Kirby, these three characters take center stage.

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Meanwhile, though, Madame Pomeroy's many errands bring Hannah in contact with both Giuseppe and Frederick, as the three young people discover that their individual stories might converge in unexpected and exciting --- but possibly dangerous --- ways.

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