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Fires of Invention
by J. Scott Savage


Overview - Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and "invention" is a curse word.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and "invention" is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion--an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they've ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on--and quite possibly their very lives.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781629720920
  • ISBN-10: 1629720925
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Series: Mysteries of Cove #1

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Steampunk

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Savage’s Mysteries of Cove series starts with a bang, as 13-year-old Trenton Coleman’s illegal invention is accused of causing a massive power outage in the sealed, steam-powered city of Cove. His discovery of the true cause, another unapproved device, leads him to Kallista Babbage, the creative daughter of a deceased (and disgraced) inventor, and a set of clues that her father left behind. As Trenton and Kallista evade the city government in search of her father’s legacy, Trenton balances school, friends, and his parents’ expectations with his need to discover the truth. Savage (the Case File 13 series) has created an ingenious steampunk world; features like coal chutes and hydroponics bays prove essential at key moments, but it’s the characters that make the world stand out, including Trenton’s anti-technology mother, whose legs were crushed in a mining accident, and his friend Clyde, an artist punished for his creativity. Trenton will be a firm friend to any readers who long to use their talents to make their world better. Ages 10–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Sept.)

 
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