|JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14
|JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
|JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / General
|JUVENILE FICTION / Westerns
|9.00in x 6.00in
|From The Publisher*
|The daughter of a murdered physician vows to protect the magical Oddity he left behind in an alternate nineteenth century where a failed Louisiana Purchase has locked a young Unified States into conflict with France.
It's the early 1800s, and Clover travels the impoverished borderlands of the Unified States with her father, a physician. See to the body before you, he teaches her, but Clover can't help becoming distracted by bigger things, including the coming war between the US and France, ignited by a failed Louisiana Purchase, and the terrifying vermin, cobbled together from dead animals and spare parts, who patrol the woods. Most of all, she is consumed with interest for Oddities, ordinary objects with extraordinary abilities, such as a Teapot that makes endless amounts of tea and an Ice Hook that freezes everything it touches. Clover's father has always disapproved of Oddities, but when he is murdered, Clover embarks on a perilous mission to protect the one secret Oddity he left behind. And as she uncovers the truth about her parents and her past, Clover emerges as a powerful agent of history. Here is an action-filled American fantasy of alternate history to rival the great British fantasies in ideas and scope.
|"A thrillingly original fusion of adventure, magic, and epic alternate history, Oddity zings with storytelling panache. Peopled by rich, strange, and delightful characters-both human and eerily otherwise-and featuring a superb heroine, it is inexhaustibly inventive, pouring forth new wonders with the marvelous ease of the magical Wineglass that never runs dry."
-Jonathan Stroud, author of the Lockwood & Co. series and the Bartimaeus Sequence
A determinedly offbeat historical American fantasy. Brown's first entry into children's literature preserves his peculiar brand of whimsy in an episodic, often perilous adventure enlivened by charming woodcut-style illustrations…a good choice for sophisticated readers."
...reads like a richly imagined blend of Lloyd Alexander's The Black Cauldron and Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, and it is fueled by Clover's desire to better understand her family's past and so herself. Matches that stop time, an evil witch, and a talking rooster are but a few of the wonders Brown has in store for his readers.
|Eli Brown is an acclaimed writer of adult novels. This is his first book for young people. He lives outside San Francisco.