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With masterful skill, Philip Pullman blends a host of fairytale elements into a romantic and deliciously spooky fantasy. The great town clock of Glockenheim is famous for the intricate clockwork figures that come out and move when the clock strikes. Each year a clock-maker’s apprentice is appointed to create a new figure, with people coming from far and wide to admire it. This year, the honour belongs to Karl. But Karl has a shameful secret: he has not yet begun work on the clockwork piece. Meanwhile, townspeople gather in the White Horse Tavern to hear the latest story by Fritz, a novelist famed for his hair-raising tales. The gruesome story he tells that night is about their ruler, Prince Otto, who returned from a hunting expedition with his little son Florian, but with no heart: animated only by a piece of clockwork that made him lash and lash his horses ceaselessly…

Like a strange and wonderful clock, this intricate tale cleverly brings its own cogs together to recreate what happened in that little German town on a dark and long-ago night…

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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

November 4th, 2004

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  • 96 pages




Philip Pullman

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  1. Ron
    on 7 November 2013


    An amazing and atmospheric book!! Cannor emphasize how engaging, intriguing and how much it is the work of a genius!! You want to know atmospehere? Get this book... you will not regret it!! =)

    5 out of 5

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What kids think

  1. artemis908
    on 4 August 2015

    Suspensive, creepy and unique, I loved it!!! We started reading it a school, but when I got home I downloaded it and read it in one day. Full of cliffhangers, I definitely recommend it for lovers of suspense.

    4 out of 5
  2. Mohsen1010
    on 7 March 2014

    This is unquestionably one of those books that you just can’t put down. With a cliff-hanger on every page, the suspense is at times, almost unbearable. Absolutely remarkable.

  3. TheUltimateBookcase
    on 17 October 2013

    It is so interesting yet slightly Gothic and scary at the same time! A very original storyline. Amazing.

    5 out of 5
  4. Nashdasher
    on 7 March 2013

    A nice original book with a great story line

  5. elliott1265
    on 21 September 2012

    itis is a very good book, we read it in class and I couldnt take my eyes out of it

    5 out of 5
  6. dashernasher
    on 3 March 2012

    I love this book so diffrent

    5 out of 5
  7. bookworm662
    on 23 February 2012

    its brilent i think its got to be in my best books ever top ten trust me its amazing

  8. monkeysbananas
    on 6 May 2010

    I quite liked this book! At times it was a bit confusing but I was quite a bit younger when I read it so maybe that’s why!! I think you should read this!!

    4 out of 5

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