The Wolf Tree (The Clockwork Dark Series #2)

The Wolf Tree (The Clockwork Dark Series #2)

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by John Claude Bemis
     
 

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Look no further for the perfect book for boys and girls who love fantasy, adventure, and white-knuckle action!

"Can you imagine eternal Darkness, sir?"

So asks the sickly stranger who staggers into Peg Leg Nel's birthday party. Before the man dies, he tells Ray and his friends of a Darkness spreading like wildfire across Kansas, turning good people bad and

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Look no further for the perfect book for boys and girls who love fantasy, adventure, and white-knuckle action!

"Can you imagine eternal Darkness, sir?"

So asks the sickly stranger who staggers into Peg Leg Nel's birthday party. Before the man dies, he tells Ray and his friends of a Darkness spreading like wildfire across Kansas, turning good people bad and poisoning anyone who tries to escape. It's clear that though the evil Gog is dead, his devilish machine has survived and is growing stronger.

Now a full-fledged Rambler, Ray leads his friends on a mission into the heart of darkness. Vital to their success is tracking down the legendary Wolf Tree, rumored to be a pathway to the spirit world. Only with one of the tree's limbs can the Nine Pound Hammer be repaired and the Gog's terrible machine finally destroyed. The search for the Wolf Tree grows desperate as the Darkness spreads, threatening Ray, his friends, and all of humanity.

The Wolf Tree is the second fantasy adventure book in John Claude Bemis's series The Clockwork Dark, and adds new layers of myth and magic to Bemis's original take on American tall tales in The Nine Pound Hammer.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
When a stranger appears at Shuckstack Mountain claiming to be sick from darkness, it is determined the Gog's machine is still creating destruction and must be destroyed. The Nine Pound Hammer is the only weapon that can be used effectively, but the hammer itself was damaged in the previous battle against the Gog. Ray, Marisol and Redfeather journey to Kansas to see the effect of the Darkness and then look for the Wolf Tree to fashion a new hammer handle from its branches. Sally is on her own quest to find her father, using the rabbit's foot that encases her father's rambler powers. She encounters the rougarou wolves, the guardians of the Wolf Tree, but they have been too far from the tree for too long and are forgetting their responsibility. All the pieces must fall into place in order to gain access to the Wolf Tree, make the handle, and reconnect it with the hammerhead in the hopes of annihilating the Gog's machine. This has a definite Americana feel and the southern folklore and music influences cited by the writer are evident. Steampunk aspects are seen in the steamcoach the Gog's cronies travel in, the Clockwork hearts and creatures, and the Gog's machine itself. This is a complex book mainly involving piecing together clues and finding out what needs to be done and less about action. This is the second book in "The Clockwork Dark" trilogy and serves as a setup for the final book. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess
VOYA - Lucy Schall
In this second book in The Clockwork Dark series, four Shuckstack expeditions seek the Gog's machine, which spreads a lethal Darkness that turns blood to oil. The Rambler Ray and Marisol, with the help of a crow, a copperhead, and Redfeather, find the evil Bowlers who protect the machine. Ray's sister, Sally, interprets mystical prophecy, strikes out on her own with directions from her father's rabbit foot (lodestone), and joins forces with the orphaned Hethy. They rescue and restore the mythical rougarou, creatures with wolf and human qualities that guard the Wolf Tree. Jolie, the mermaid, heals the injured Conker, John Henry's son. Pursued by the heartless and villainous Stacker, they find the nine-pound hammer but seek the Wolf Tree to repair its handle. Si and Buck complicate the overall quest by becoming Stacker's hostages. All battle the Bowlers at the Wolf Tree but disperse to heal and find the key to final victory, Ray and Sally's father. Fantasy and folklore fashion a subtle ecological nature-versus-machine tale that cautions readers to keep ideals and act thoughtfully. The many characters and interacting story lines make it a complicated read, but like the Everlost trilogy (Simon & Shuster), it is strong middle school fare with independent stories, sufficient exposition, and clear character tags for sometimes flat characters. This adventure will have high appeal for middle school boys and girls, and hopefully will motivate them to learn more about the folklore mentioned, but not explained, in the text or author's notes. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
Kirkus Reviews

Bemis continues to mine rich elements of folklore and tall tales in the second installment of the Clockwork Dark series. Ray and those he joined to fight the evil Gog have established a haven in the Great Smokey Mountains. However, there is little time for domestic tranquility and still much to do to keep the evil unleashed at bay. Ray has come into his own as a Rambler, a heroic role shared by his father. This means he will have to journey to investigate the darkness emanating from Gog's still-threatening machine. His sister is convinced their father is still alive and assumes a more integral part of the story. Their friend Conker, the son of John Henry, feared lost, may have survived and could still retrieve what they need from the legendary Wolf Tree. Multiple threads of plot keep the action moving, and the large cast of characters, both realistic and mythic, sometimes challenges readers but is ultimately successfully managed. Aspects of various cultures are woven together, giving the narrative a unique yet grounded flavor. (Steampunk. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375855665
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Series:
Clockwork Dark Series, #2
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 11.04(h) x 1.27(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

John Claude Bemis grew up in rural eastern North Carolina, where he loved reading the Jack tales and African American trickster stories, as well as fantasy and science fiction classics. A songwriter and musician in an Americana roots band, John found inspiration for The Clockwork Dark trilogy in old-time country and blues music and the Southern folklore at its heart.

John is a former elementary school teacher and lives with his family in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Visit John's Web site at www.johnclaudebemis.com.

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The Wolf Tree: The Clockwork Dark Series, Book 2 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BooksAhoy More than 1 year ago
If The Nine Pound Hammer was amazing then The Wolf Tree was extraordinary! This book sucks you in right at the beginning with the talk of "The Darkness". This sequel was in my opinion more suspenseful and kept me surprised the more I read. My favorite part was finding out that....well, I don't want to spoil it for you ;) . There were so many events happening that I couldn't put the book down. Another thing I liked about it is that it's not only told in Ray's point of view this time around. We get to see things from Sally's point of view and her feelings toward everything thats been going on. We also get to see the thoughts and feelings of Jolie, Conker, and other characters in the book. There are a few new characters introduced spicing the book up a bit also. There were some HUGE surprises in this book! Some questions are answered but mostly new questions asked. Overall, this is my favorite book in the series so far but I do have one more to read so we'll see :)
MaryE123 More than 1 year ago
A breathtaking, edge of your seat book. Best book ever!!!! A MUST READ!!!!
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I havent read this one yet i am only on the 1st one. But if the first one was great than this should be awesome.P.S go to the first book and read my comment it sholud be the one that says Great book and is from today