The Cabinet of Wonders (The Kronos Chronicles: Book I) by Marie Rutkoski
From the moment I saw the cover, I knew I had to read this book. I loved the Harry Potter series and this is a great book to read for those who love fantasy and adventure. The main character is twelve year old Petra Kronos. Petra’s dad, Michael, has the magical gift of being able to move metal with his mind. They own a shop called “The Sign of the Compass” where he sells metal trinkets and pets. Petra’s life is happy and simple until Michael is commissioned by the Prince of Bohemia to make the world’s finest astronomical clock. When the clock is completed, the Prince has Michael’s eyes magically removed and sends him back home. Petra is determined to get her father’s eyes back, and against her father’s wishes, she goes to the Prince’s castle in Prague to do just that. She makes friends that help her on her journey, like a boy whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets. On this voyage, Petra learns a lot about herself and just people in general. She’s a smart girl, but very naive at the same time, which doesn’t mix too well with her tendency to make impulsive decisions. This is a book for ages 10+ and is a great read-aloud as well.
Kronos Chronicles Book 1, Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski, Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.95