The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit Series #1)

The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit Series #1)

by Sarah Jean Horwitz


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A stunning debut about a magician’s apprentice and a one-winged princess who must vanquish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdom.
Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under, Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis. When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery, flightless faerie princess Grit (do not call her Grettifrida), they strike a deal. If Carmer will help Grit investigate a string of faerie disappearances, she’ll use her very real magic to give his mechanical illusions a much-needed boost against the competition. But Carmer and Grit soon discover they’re not the only duo trying to pair magic with machine – and the combination can be deadly.
In this story perfect for readers of the Lockwood & Co and Wildwood series, Sarah Jean Horwitz takes readers on a thrilling journey through a magical wooded fairyland and steampunk streets where terrifying automata cats lurk in the shadows and a mad scientist’s newest mechanical invention might be more menace than miracle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616206635
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Carmer and Grit Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 831,639
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

SARAH JEAN HORWITZ was raised in New Jersey, where her love of storytelling grew from listening to her mother’s original “fractured fairy tales.” She lives in Boston. Find her on Twitter, @sunshineJHwitz, or at

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The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Jean Horwitz shows great promise through this first book. I was intrigued by it based on it's Steampunk flavor. I'm fascinated by Steampunk culture and Ms. Horwitz does a wonderful job of putting it into words. I'll admit it took me awhile to get into the story and stopped and started several times as it's geared toward upper elementary age. Any young girl that loves faeries will enjoy this book. If you were a fan of The Spiderwick Chronicles then I urge you to give this one a read. I look forward to the next installment.
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. I'm just going to come right out and say it: I loved this book. It was such an exciting ride through a fantasy world ripe with magic and adventure. The imagery was fantastic and vivid (I was able to visualize everything so clearly in my mind), and the characters had such neat and contrasting personalities. They had big hearts and a spunk that really added to the excitement of the story. And having two main characters working (mostly) together, one male and one female, was a great decision on Horwitz's part, in my opinion. Young readers can easily be swayed to read or not read a book if the characters are all boys or all girls, etc, so this cast of characters is a great way to appeal to more potential readers. As I read Cramer & Grit, I kept thinking to myself that if I loved the story this much as an adult, I can only imagine how blown away I'd have been had I read it as a middle grade youngster. I cannot say enough how fun and exciting it was to get lost in this world of magic, filled with magicians and fairies. There were a few places where the "evil" got a bit dark, which could possibly be a bit scary for younger readers, but overall I think this book will be highly enjoyed by fantasy fans.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
The story of Carmer and Grit will take on a journey to another world, full of the contrasting lands of magic and machines. Along the way two unlikely friends and magical experts meet, one of the mechanical world named Carmer, and a faerie princess that comes from the magical world, named Grit. Carmer is aware that magician’s magic is not real, but he has no doubt in his mind that Grit’s magic is authentic. They decide to make a compromise along the way, Carmer promises to Grit that he will help her inspect recent faerie disappearances, and Grit promises Carmer to help him win the big magicians competition, by making his magic real. Throughout the story they battle machines, and Malefactors of fae energy. This story is a magical tale about friendship, and continuous trials through an adventurous journey. This story also shows different aspects of the world divided. In the eyes of a commoner in the mechanical world, faerie magic is confusing, and most believe that it does not exist. They think that the fae magic is just tricks to fool the naked eye. In the eyes of a faerie, the mechanical world is dangerous, and they can easily see when someone is abusing real magic. Faeries and humans don't usually even meet, so in this new world it is an experience like no other. Over all, Carmer and Grit: The Wing Snatchers is a great book that young readers and families will enjoy reading. Sarah Jean Horwitz imagined magical, and lovable characters that are likely to make you feel lots of new emotions. Carmer and Grit is like a parcel of portable magic. Rachel B., 12, Central Pennsylvania Mensa