Garry Kilworth The Hundred-Towered City

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The Hundred-Towered City

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When a stranger from the past arrives in the middle of the night with shocking news, Jack, Annie, and Davey are catapulted into the wildest adventure they've ever had. Their parents have been arrested on suspicion of being spies. Not only in a different country but in a different time Prague, 1903. The children travel back in time and find themselves face to face with danger, mystery, and the magic of a strange place. Where are their parents and who has stolen the key to the time machine? Will our young heroes be in time to save their parents from siniser Karlstein Castle? And even if they do, how will they return to the present day without the key? Alchemists, mythical creatures, and a man with a hook for a hand hold the answers they’re looking for.

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Gary Kilworth has published more than 120 short stories and 70 novels, including Attica, In the Country of Tattooed Men and Other Cyphers, Jigsaw, The Knights of Liofwende series, Rogue Officer, and The Silver Claw. He has won the British Science Fiction Award, World Fantasy Award, the Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award, and was twice shortlisted for the Carnegie prize.

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Almost any time-travel story is burdened with contrivances, so it’s rather refreshing that Kilworth just shunts a family of five off to Prague, 1903, where fantasy seems to mix enigmatically with history. With their parents locked up on suspicion of being spies or, worse, alchemists, Jack, Annie, and Davey each embark on a mini adventure of sorts: Jack gets drafted into the army’s elite bike-riding regiment; Annie is taken under the wing of a sympathetic countess; and Davey, well, little Davey spends most of his time locked up in a closet with talking puppets. The plot gets a bit overcrowded with the three story lines (five if you include the parents’), but Kilworth takes good advantage of the tantalizing litany of characters (including Kafka and the Golem) and the rather mystical atmosphere offered up by the Prague setting. The pacing is slow, but fine attention is paid to historical detail. Readers will luxuriate in imagining their modern selves thrust into a different time. Grades 5-8. --Ian Chipman

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