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The City of Secret Rivers

The City of Secret Rivers

A hilarious fantasy adventure set in modern day London.

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ISBN 9781406368857
Barcode 9781406368857
Published 1 August 2017 by Walker Books
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Weinstein, Jacob Sager
Series City of Secret Rivers
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ISBN-13 9781406368857
ISBN-10 1406368857
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Walker Books
Imprint Walker Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 August 2017
International Publication Date 1 June 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Weinstein, Jacob Sager
Series City of Secret Rivers
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Thrillers
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy & Magical Realism
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 377g
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 754615

Description of this Book

A hilarious fantasy adventure set in modern day London. An exciting subterranean London adventure, the first in a middle-grade trilogy. Hyacinth Hayward has recently arrived from America and is having difficulty adjusting to her new surroundings, especially being in the sole company of her eccentric mother. Everything feels strange. Very strange. And it gets stranger the day she accidentally unleashes the power of a secret river running through London. To prevent a second Great Fire, Hyacinth needs to retrieve a single, magically charged drop of water from somewhere in the city sewer system. Along the way she encounters an eclectic cast of characters - the shambling, monstrous Saltpetre Men who kidnap her mother, the Toshers who battle for control of magical artefacts and a giant pig with whom she has a tea party. The clock is ticking - will she figure out who to trust?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Readers must willingly suspend belief to follow Weinstein's engaging, fast-paced fantasy, but he makes it worth their while. It's a wild ride that's fun, freaky, outlandish, and suspenseful. Readers will beg for another installment. Booklist This setup can't help leading to a rollicking adventure with a lulu of an ending that comes with the promise of a sequel. Middle graders will adore clever Hyacinth and enjoy the other humorous characters, the puns (Oaroboarus, indeed), and the suspenseful narrative. Kirkus Reviews
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jacob Sager Weinstein is the author of four non-fiction books for adults and has written for The New Yorker, HBO and the BBC. He is also a former contributor to The Onion and has won a Writers' Guild of America Award. The idea for City of Secret Rivers came to Jacob while walking along the Thames Embankment, as he started thinking about London's secret underground rivers and discovered that London's history is so magical that it only takes the slightest of tweaks to make it into a fantasy story. Follow Jacob on Twitter @jacobsw. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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