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The Lost Property Office (Section 13 Series #1) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
An excellent Middle Grade book. The main character, Jack reads as though he would probably be diagnosed as high functioning autistic. He is easily overstimulated but notices EVERYTHING. When his father disappears while on a business trip in London, he his mother and sister come to town to look for him. Jack stumbles upon the Lost Property Office and there his adventure begins. Jack's problems are not really problems once he meets Gwen, a clerk in the Lost Property Office and discovers that he is actually a tracker and can use his power to find a very dangerous artifact that has been stolen for the Lost Property Office. Gwen and Jack travel throughout the city of London and Jack learns all about the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed 5/6 of London while tracking down the thief and possibly his father. Good characterization, great settings, and well paced plot.
"Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review." Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal! This book is interesting from the dedication and onward. Steampunk genre with the iridescent clockwork beetles add to the fantasy feel. The main character, thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles, lives with his mom and eight-year-old sister, Sadie. Sadie believes she sees their dad and when Jack looks down to talk to her, she has disappeared. Jack catches up with Sadie and they both end up in The Lost Property Office. They discover that their dad belongs to the Ministry of Trackers. A clerk, Gwen, becomes Jack's guide and they follow clues to the man in black (the Clockmaker) who seems to know what happened to Jack's father and Gwen's uncle, who worked with Jack's father. He tells them to find the Ember and meet him at the Great Clock Tower at midnight to find Jack's father. I enjoy the mix of English and American characters, cultures and humor! Steampunk and fantasy combine for a fun tale of mysterious secrets, intrigue and surprises - 4 stars!