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Goblin Secrets
 
 
Author
William Alexander.
Publisher McElderry  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9781442427266
Pages/Publication Date 223/2012
Daedalus Item Code 36368
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(Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Young People's Literature) In his debut novel, William Alexander spins a wonderful tale for readers 8 and up about stolen children and a witch with clockwork legs, about the city of Zombay and the laws against performing plays, and about goblins who skirt that law, making plays and putting on masks that are used for far more than make-believe. Little Rownie is the youngest and smallest child in Graba's moveable house, and his only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who was an actor and who has disappeared. Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblin players who, it turns out, are also looking for Rowan.

"William Alexander organizes his atmospheric first novel into acts and scenes, rather than chapters, and he couches it in the beautifully elliptical language of the old fairy tales."Washington Post

"The appeal here lies in Alexander's careful construction of a distinctive world: touches of steampunk can be found in Graba's geared-up legs and the Mayor's automaton guards while a more ancient, primal magic seems to guide the goblins and their powerful brand of storytelling.... The bittersweet ending remains true to the story's overall dreamy, melancholic tone."Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

 
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