A Spark Unseen

A Spark Unseen

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by Sharon Cameron
     
 

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Sharon Cameron, award-winning author of ROOK and THE DARK UNWINDING, weaves a thrillingly dark mystery brimming with intrigue and romance, in which things are not always what they seem to be. When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully… See more details below

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Sharon Cameron, award-winning author of ROOK and THE DARK UNWINDING, weaves a thrillingly dark mystery brimming with intrigue and romance, in which things are not always what they seem to be. When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead. But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust--if anyone--to protect her uncle from danger once and for all. Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

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Praise for A Spark Unseen :

"Gripping . . . [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Dark Unwinding :

"Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." -- USA Today

"Haunting thrills unfurl. . . ." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." -- Publishers Weekly

"[A] singularly polished piece." -- The Horn Book

"A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner." --Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
In this sequel to A Dark Unwinding, the young Katharine Tulman finds herself once again in a confused melee of politics, Victorian social rules,and questions about friendship, love, and responsibility. Her quirky and inventive Uncle Tully, often considered a lunatic despite his deep intuitive understanding of science and the emerging technology of the Victorian age, demands her constant consideration of his welfare. He also attracts the attention of spies in both his own country and in Napoleon's France as the British and the French battle for supremacy at sea. Can Katharine protect him? Can she keep him contented in his structured world of time and numbers? Will she find her sometime-love Lane Moreau in Napoleon's Paris? Will she be attacked again by Ben Aldredge (a.k.a. Charles Arceneaux)? While this sequel refers to past events and relationships, it can definitely be read on its own and delightfully captures the atmosphere of invention and innovation in Paris in the 19th century. The historical invention and production of the torpedo for marine warfare catalyzes the spy theme. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
In this gripping sequel to The Dark Unwinding (2012), Katharine Tulman seeks a discreet shelter for her uncle in Paris but instead finds intrigue and danger in the court of Napoleon III. After a midnight attempt to kidnap Uncle Tully leaves two men dead, Katharine realizes that Stranwyne Keep can no longer protect him from the avaricious interest of the British and French governments, which both covet the military applications of his ingenious clockwork creations. She fakes her uncle's death and flees with him to Paris, where she also hopes to learn the fate of her beloved, Lane Moreau. Thanks to the machinations of adversaries old and new, her careful plans almost immediately begin to unravel. Katharine's astute first-person narration beguiles readers; in Cameron's polished prose, scenes of social fencing are just as dramatic as passages of intense action. New secondary characters deepen mysteries and provide welcome touches of humor. Though the sequel provides enough detail to stand alone, the story will resonate most fully with readers who are familiar with Katharine's romance with Lane and her bond with Uncle Tully. This absorbing, intelligent adventure will reward Cameron's faithful readers--and may also win her some new ones. (Historical suspense. 13 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545578011
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
112,632
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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