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Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . .
But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift.
A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever.
Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin.
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Glenn Dakin has written for many comics and children’s TV shows, including the BBC’s Shaun the Sheep, for which he won an International Emmy Award; Temptation; and the semi-autobiographical strip Abe. He lives in Cambridge, England.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4–6—This lighthearted, action-driven adventure features a boy with the ability to melt people into puddles of oily slime. Theo has been kept isolated inside a mansion by his guardian for most of his life, fed a diet of millet and greens, and put into a sort of radiation tube each night, ostensibly for his own good. One night, robbers break into the house. Theo discovers his powers when he confronts them and escapes from Empire Hall. He learns that his guardian is head of a sinister group, The Society of Good Works. The battle between them and the group who rescued Theo, The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance, takes place largely in an underground network of tunnels from the 19th century, complete with garghouls (gargoyles come to life), smoglodytes (creatures who form themselves out of polluted air), and other beings. Theo himself has a crucial role to play in this battle. Despite the nominally contemporary setting and the presence of laptops, the story has a decidedly Victorian steampunk feel with its old tunnels and machinery, along with pea-soup fog created by the villains. With the help of a cast of appealing characters, the nonstop action rolls to a satisfying conclusion.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City END
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Book Description EgmontUSA, 2009. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1606840479
Book Description EgmontUSA, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1606840479