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The Lost Property Office
by James R. Hannibal


Overview - James R. Hannibal presents a thrilling adventure through history, complete with mysteries, secret items, codes, and a touch of magic in this stunning middle grade debut.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again.  Read more...


 
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Overview
James R. Hannibal presents a thrilling adventure through history, complete with mysteries, secret items, codes, and a touch of magic in this stunning middle grade debut.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace.

But Jack's father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries--and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack's inheritance.

Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481467094
  • ISBN-10: 1481467093
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: November 2016
  • Page Count: 400
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 7.31 x 5.88 x 1.25 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds

Series: Section 13

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

With his father missing and feared dead, 13-year-old Jack Buckles and his family have traveled to London in search of answers. He finds them with Gwen Kincaid, a 12-year-old clerk at the Lost Property Office, part of a secret society of detectives that has served the Crown for centuries. Jack discovers that his father is a member of this Ministry of Trackers, and Jack has tracker abilities, too: he is hyper-observant and synesthetic, and his brain can pull memories from minerals. To save his father from an evil Frenchman, Jack and Gwen must find a mysterious jewel called the Ember. Their quest takes them to famous sites throughout London, which is one of few highlights in an otherwise convoluted story that, while creative in concept, suffers from overwriting. Adult author Hannibal (the Nick Baron series) belabors the mystery component of this first book in the Section 13 series; wordy descriptions of the scenes where Jack sparks on memories from minerals and Gwens repeated ignoring and belittling of Jacks questions both cause the story to drag. Ages 812. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (Nov.)

 
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