Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them ...A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ...Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way. Almost like clockwork ...
This book has been awarded five stars as it was recognised by the The Whitbread Award.
This book contains the following story:
It's a snowy winter night in the town, and a young apprentice clockmaker is in despair. Tradition holds that each apprentice must design and build a mechanical figure to be added to the town's impressive clockwork. Karl has not even begun work on his design so when a stranger offers him a wondrous piece of clockwork, a knight so intricate, so real, that to pass it off as his own would make Karl forever famous, Karl is ... tempted. However, once Karl accepts the 'gift', there seems to be no stopping the events which unfold like inexorable clockwork in a series of interlocking stories
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