Teen Book Club

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

9/28/2010 1:08:54 PM    Andrea F.    17  
Milford, Kate  
The Boneshaker    Clarion     2010    Yes     Crossroads are always strange places, but the town of Arcane is a little extra strange since Dr. Jake Limberleg’s Nostrum Fair and Technological Medicine Show came into town. Natalie who has lived in this tiny town her whole life starts seeing new sides of the people around her. Her family is trying to hide something from her, Old Tom who has always sat quietly on his corner with his guitar has a secret past, and the adults are torn down the middle about what to do about the Medicine Show. Some think they’re just another group of con men, but most people are convinced that their cures actually work. But as time goes by Natalie discovers things that just aren’t possible. Dr. Jake Limberleg creates automatons which never run down, gigantic generators fueled by one man on a bicycle, and wax fortune tellers who tell the truth. And the people in the show are themselves just a little too strange, just a little too creepy. Mixed thoroughly with some old fashioned supernaturalism, the Boneshaker is delightfully eerie and strange. It reminds me of a classic American folk story but with more machinery mixed in. 9 out of 10 stars.     5 Hard to imagine a better book

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