Publication Date: June 4th 2015
Number Of Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult (YA), Middle Grade,Thriller, Action, Fantasy.
Synopsis: You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair's department store! Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and Mysteries around every corner. Wonder at the daring theft of the priceless Clockwork Sparrow! Tremble as the most Dastardly criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, Crack Codes, Devour Iced Buns and vow to bring the villians to justice...The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is the first book in a sumptuous mystery-series for 9+ readers, full of vivid Edwardian period detail.
Review: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is a fun engaging adventure story following heroine Sophie Taylor who has recently been employed to work in the Millinery Department of the soon to be opened Sinclair’s department store. The highlight of the grand opening is the beautiful Clockwork Sparrow display, but when the Sparrow is stolen the night before Sinclair’s opens its doors, suspicion immediately falls on Sophie. In order to clear her name, Sophie teams up with local homeless lad Joe, bootboy Billy and glamorous Lil to solve the mystery and find the Sparrow before it falls into the wrong hands.
This book is packed full of description and beautifully sets the story scene which takes place on the Edwardian streets of London. The characters each have a very distinct personality and as the book develops, so do the characters traits and involvement in the story. From the beginning, the Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow easily draws in the reader with its attention to detail and added extras, such as the realistic images of codes, notes and newspaper cuttings the characters discover along the way. This isn’t a difficult or long read and it easily teaches younger readers about an unfamiliar era in history without being boring or repetitive.