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The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle-Catherine Webb

  • Title: The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle
  • Author: Catherine Webb
  • Released: 2008-09-01
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  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 1904233619
  • ISBN13: 978-1904233619
  • ASIN: 1904233619

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From Originally published in Great Britain in 2006, this rollicking escapade propels a Sherlockian inventor and two young Irregulars on a wild chase through Victorian London in search of an ancient artifact with eldritch powers. The Fuyun Plate has vanished from a deep vault in the Bank of England, and against his better judgment reclusive genius Horatio Lyle leaves his elaborately booby-trapped laboratory to track it down. He picks up a wonderfully competent and cocky young thief named Tess and the naive but resourceful scion of high nobility, Thomas, and together they encounter corpses, bloodstains, subtle clues, and sudden attacks from weirdly hypnotized assassins. The climactic battle is fought amid huge explosions and massive electrical phenomena. Despite being barely past high-school age when she wrote this novel, Webb weaves puckish humor, intelligent plotting, high suspense, and appropriately grimy atmosphere into a well told tale that will leave readers praying for more. Happily, there are two sequels already waiting in the wings. Grades 5-8. --John Peters

Review "Clever, surprising prose . . . Rich in action and character."  —Sunday Times

"A hell of a romp . . . unstoppable imagination."  —Sunday Telegraph pdf
 
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