The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark Series #1)

The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark Series #1)

by John Claude Bemis
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The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark Series #1) by John Claude Bemis

What if John Henry had a son?

Twelve-year-old Ray is haunted by the strangest memories of his father, whom Ray swears could speak to animals. Now an orphan, Ray jumps from a train going through the American South and falls in with a medicine show train and its stable of sideshow performers. The performers turn out to be heroes, defenders of the wild, including the son of John Henry. They are hiding the last of the mythical Swamp Sirens from an ancient evil known as the Gog. Why the Gog wants the Siren, they can’t be sure, but they know it has something to do with rebuilding a monstrous machine that John Henry gave his life destroying years before, a machine that will allow the Gog to control the will of men and spread darkness throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375855641
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Series: Clockwork Dark Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

John Claude Bemis began his writing career as a songwriter, and through oldtime country and blues music, began to explore how Southern folklore could become epic fantasy. John lives with his family in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he teaches his favorite books to elementary school students. Visit his Web site at www.johnclaudebemis.com.

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The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
MaryE123 More than 1 year ago
The Nine Pound Hammer is an amazing book, you will be captured by the first page. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Like a mixture of your favorite folk tale and a Americana Harry Potter... a absolute must read for anyone 10 to 110. Very, very, very highly recommended. I would give it six stars, but there's not that much room=)
BooksAhoy More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I ever read! There are many twists and turns throughout the novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. Once I started I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I love the budding relationship between Ray and Conker. I love that this book also has some historical aspects because it makes the book even better than it already is. It helps add to the sense of mystery throughout the novel. This book also has a great sense of adventure. Ray and his newfound friends end up going on many adventures as the novel progresses. My favorite part of the book is the end. It was so intense and surprising. Overall, this is a great novel!! You should definitely go pick it up at your local bookstore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ccould not put the book down it was so good! I even read it in the bathtub!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author came to my school and talked to us about following our dreams amd writing. He read us a little of the book and then he had a few people act it out as he sang about John Henry. It was really funny. Really good book
Mystryrdr More than 1 year ago
Good book!  Could not put it down! A little upset at what happened to Seth... (felt it was a little too harsh).  Can't wait to read book 2.
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Prowl: I don't like the looks of that. Ally: Thats Ink's sister!
Matthew-HillsboroughNC More than 1 year ago
My son was 9 when we read this with him and he really liked it. It's a fun story and the whole trilogy was great.