by Peter Bunzl

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ISBN-13: 9781631632884
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Cogheart Trilogy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Peter Bunzl grew up in London and lives there with his partner Michael. He is a BAFTA-award-winning animator, as well as a writer and filmmaker

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Cogheart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
StephanieL494 14 days ago
I picked this one in part because I loved the cover, and I'm trying to read more middle grade. I wasn't disappointed! I really enjoyed this story, and can see it being a hit with middle grade readers. Thank you NG!
Tande 16 days ago
It is set in the Victorian era, before electricity and computers, where steam powers the world. Clockwork mechanisms are made by specialists, and wind up servants have been invented. There is a rumor that a perpetual motion machine exists, and someone is willing to kill to obtain it. Lily, her friend Robert and her mechanical pet fox Malkin are being pursued by evil villains who are after the machine, and involves many adventures, ending with an exciting air ship battle .I liked the mechanical servants with their strange oaths – “Cogs and chronometers” – “Clockwork and cam-wheels” – “Steam and steel”. Lily thinks of them as her friends, they seem almost human, except they have to be wound up! She comments that humans have a soul, but you can’t take it out and inspect it, so why not robotic servants. This is a story of adventure and suspense, a real page turner.
thegeekishbrunette 3 months ago
Cogheart follows Lily as she attempts to find out what happened to her father with the help from Robert, a clockmaker's son. It is a charming middle grade read and is good for both boys and girls who love science fiction/steam punk or even inventing things. Lily and Robert are both wonderful characters and they grow throughout the book, especially Robert. I think to most kids they would be very relateable.  I love when books have a bit of steam punk and the mechanical fox in this book was great! I wish I had one myself. The setting is also fantastic as it is set in Victorian London. The setting and some of the mechanical elements reminds me a lot of Philip Reeve's book, The Mortal Engine.  Although some parts felt a little too slow, it was still a great read and would recommend to anyone who has kids or for people who just like to read middle grade books! (I received a digital copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
Shai Martin 3 months ago
Cogheart is set in the late Victorian era in Europe and it is about the story of Lily Grace and her father, Professor John Hartman, who is a famous inventor. John wants to keep her daughter away from the public, hence he decided to send her away in a boarding school of Miss Scrimshaw's Academy. He also changed their surnames from Hartman to Grantham to hide their identities, and move to the countryside, Brackenbridge, from their residence in London after her wife's death. John also created a loyal mechanical animal or a mechanicmal pet named Malkin to accompany them both. On their way home, Lily's father and Malkin had an accident in his airship, Dragonfly, and was considered to be dead by the Hartmans housekeeper. John entrusted Malkin to deliver a letter to his daughter and when Malkin was running away from the scene of the incident, he was hunted by strange men and was shot by one of them. Robert, son and apprenticed for his father at Townsend's Horologist, saw Malkin injured and he sought help from his father to fix the mech. Lily with the help Robert, Malkin, and a scrapper, aeronaut, and a writer named Anna Quinn, they try to find if John is still alive and on how to keep hidden his secret invention that the odd men were looking. The book is categorized under a middle-grade book however, I think it is more suitable for young adult readers because I find that some parts are a bit inappropriate for them. So far, this is the best steampunk middle grade book that I've read because of how I was immediately drawn into the narrative. I've read a book with a similar setting before and it was hard for me to get into the story. But once I started reading Cogheart, it instantly captivated me and I can't help but keep reading even though it's already five in the morning.