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Curiosity (Hardback)

By Blackwood, Gary

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Intrigue, danger, chess, and a real-life hoax combine in this historical novel from the author of The Shakespeare Stealer Philadelphia, PA, 1835. Rufus, a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, is recruited by a shady showman named Maelzel to secretly operate a mechanical chess player ca...lled the Turk. The Turk wows ticket-paying audience members and players, who do not realize that Rufus, the true chess master, is hidden inside the contraption. But Rufus's job working the automaton must be kept secret, and he fears he may never be able to escape his unscrupulous master. And what has happened to the previous operators of the Turk, who seem to disappear as soon as Maelzel no longer needs them? Creeping suspense, plenty of mystery, and cameos from Edgar Allan Poe and P. T. Barnum mark Gary Blackwood's triumphant return to middle grade fiction.
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ISBN 9780142424483
Released AU 15 Jan 2017
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780142424483
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin USA
Released 15 Jan 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Blackwood, Gary
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Sporting Stories
Crime & Mystery
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code FIC
Weight 272g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile

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