The Tinker King

The Tinker King

For Ages: 12 and up
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Science and magic mean danger in this sequel to The Unnaturalists, which School Library Journal called “an entertaining mix of steampunk and fantasy.”

After Vespa, Syrus, and Bayne defeated the Grue and restored order to their world in The Unnaturalists, they thought their future was secure. Empress Olivia, committed to peace and equality for humans and Elementals alike, was a fair and just ruler. And the Creeping Waste had vanished, giving them hope for the first time.

But rebellion is brewing in the far-off city of Scientia, and dark Elementals are plotting war in the ruins of New London. Before they know what’s happening, Vespa, Syrus, and their friends are plunged into a new swamp of intrigue, deception and magic—and the cost of survival may be more than any of them are willing to pay.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442457591 | 
  • February 2014 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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The Tinker King
CHAPTER 1

I am up to my elbows in green-black grease when I realize I’ve forgotten something.

My favorite spanner.

I curse under my breath. I climb back out of the boiler, my arms stinging faintly from the cold grease.

I’m fairly certain this gunk is the residue from burning myth. Even with so much changed, the remnants of the old Empire still bear painful reminders of a time when Elementals were shoved into the... see more

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