The Clockwork Three

By Matthew J. Kirby

Hi! This was an exciting story about three kids named Frederick, Giuseppe, and Hannah. Each of them has their own troubles.

Hannah’s father is paralyzed from the neck down, so Hannah has to give up her school work, which she loves, and go to get a job. She gets a job in a hotel as a maid, but the person in charge of the maids is cruel to her and threatens to fire her. But when a special guest named Madame Pomeroy hires Hannah as her personal assistant, Hannah will have a job with her until she checks out. When Hannah hears of a secret treasure hidden in the hotel, she hopes that it can be her way out to make enough money for her father and her family.

Giuseppe is a young boy who his from Italy. But when he is sold by his uncle to come and live with a man named Stephano in America, Giuseppe has to work hard day after day to earn money by playing a rusty old fiddle. He has to make a lot of money, otherwise he won’t get dinner; he’ll get beaten by Stephano instead. However, when he finds a green violin floating down the harbor, it makes tremendous music, and he discovers a great talent that God has given him. His talent in music allows other people to be whisked away out of their unhappy lives into something much more beautiful.

Frederick is an assistant clockmaker with dreams of becoming a real one. When he works on a clockwork man, the only thing that’s missing is the head. He tries to figure out how all of the gears can fit into the head to make him think, but it proves impossible.

When these three characters meet, they go on an exciting journey full of the most real dangers that they’ve ever met.

Will they be able to conquer these dangers and each be able to find what they want out of them? Or will they end up back where they started? As I always say, read the book to find out!

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor – zero being not scary at all and five being majorly scary): 4

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“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor – zero having no yucky-lovey parts in it and five having major yucky-lovey parts): 2

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I give this book 5 wands.
This is a dangerous story of how three kids face dangers more real than ever and how a bond grows between them. They must learn to trust in one another, or else they will end in failure. The dangers they face and how they handled them were my favorite part about this book. I loved how it drew them all together until they became best friends.