SOME SECRETS CHANGE THE WORLD IN A HEARTBEAT.
Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?
With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…
Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian steampunk adventure story, featuring two friends, murder and mayhem, airships and automata, and an over-opinionated mechanical fox! Out now with Usborne Books in the UK and with Jollyfish Press in the US in Feb 2019.
Cover Design: Kath Millichope. Illustration: Becca Stadtlander.
Awards and nominations….
Winner of the Awesome Book Award 2018
Winner of the Dudley Teen Book Award 2017
Winner of the Sefton Super Reads Award 2017
Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, August 2016
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2017
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017
Nominee for the Cilip Carnegie Medal 2018
Cogheart was selected as one of 70 books donated to 70 schools by the National Literacy Trust to celebrate The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday.
Other 2017 nominations: The Haringey Children’s Book Award, Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year, Leeds Book Award, Warwickshire Junior Book Award, the North East Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award.
Other 2018 nominations: St.Helens Schools Library Service Book Awards: BASH, Salford Junior Book Award, Stockton Children’s Book of the Year.
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Cogheart reviews from press, authors and bloggers…
“Fantastically imaginative… With great style and panache, the novel deftly winds through the intricacies of friendship and moral choice while maintaining a fun edge.” — Publishers Weekly
“Introduces dastardly villains, friendly mechanicals, and thrilling airship action … with hair-raising and cinematic charm.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Delightful and inventive—a captivating adventure for middle-grade readers.” — Foreword Review
“This steampunk adventure has it all: a missing person, deadly sabotage, secret technology, zeppelin chases, and a cast of heroes the reader will come to love.” — VOYA Magazine
“An exciting, fast-paced adventure.” — Booklist
“Swiftly paced with clever details, this novel’s world of weird mechanical creatures, heroes, and villains in a fantastic Victorian England setting will appeal to young readers.” — School Library Journal
“[S]cenes are described with such vivid detail … [and] themes of loss, loyalty, and family bonds are beautifully executed.” — School Library Connection
“Wonderfully gripping.” — Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller
“A steampunky tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge.” — The Guardian
“One of my favourite debuts of the year. Murder, mystery and mayhem in a thrilling Victorian adventure.” — Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“an imaginative tour-de-force” — Sinéad O’Hart, The Irish Times
“A gripping story… A steampunk adventure with a determined heroine and compelling twists” — Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times
“Cogheart goes beyond steam-punk to imagine a world as weirdly inventive as Philip Pullman’s Clockwork and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner… Marvellous fun for nine-plus readers.” — The New Statesman
“WONDERFUL…a blend of Philip Pullman, Joan Aiken and Katherine Rundell. Don’t miss!” — Amanda Craig
“A gem of a book.” — Katherine Woodfine, author of The Clockwork Sparrow
“A glittering clockwork treasure” — Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy.
“This steampunk adventure will have readers thoroughly engrossed in a world that isn’t, but *shiver* could be? . . . . The daring escapes and deadly fights are balanced with tender moments of love and loss, which will bring appeal to a wide array of readers.” — Bluestocking Thinking Blog