I simply adore the cover art for this book and even the book trailer that animates the inner clockworkings. http://www.scholastic.com/clockworkthree/ Yet, my largest suggestion is to take a quick visit to the Scholastic site and watch the posted author interview. I heard a profound statement that I totally agree with – about how as writers we are ultimately writing for our own inner reader. Kirby states his is a twelve-year-old. Well, that pre-teen voice rings true. Tempered with the eye of an adult, it catches each nuance and intricate detail within his scenes.
In Matthew J. Kirby’s interview, he mentions that research into turn of the century street musicians inspired part of the story. Those urchins felt so real, they almost sprinted off the page, making me both want to feed them and check their pockets.
Here is Steampunk a little less gritty for the young/young-at-heart set of any age. My only complaint: it was such a quick read that I wished I could have lingered longer in this world.
I’m rooting for The Clockwork Three to do well in this week’s poll. I adored it and would love to see it within the top rated book on the noveladay blog at the end of the year. Remember, all the polls stay live until the end of the year, so take a glance back at any polls you missed and select your favorite books.