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Steeplejack
by A. J. Hartley


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Thoughtfully imaginative and action-packed, Steeplejack is New York Times bestselling A. J. Hartley's YA debut set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm.  Read more...


 
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    Published: 2017-06-01
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Overview

Thoughtfully imaginative and action-packed, Steeplejack is New York Times bestselling A. J. Hartley's YA debut set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm s edges.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit s murder except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

A richly realized world, an intensely likable character, and a mystery to die for." Cory Doctorow, New York Times-bestselling author

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  • ISBN-13: 9780765383426
  • ISBN-10: 076538342X
  • Publisher: Tor Teen
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17

Series: Alternative Detective

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Books > > Fantasy - Historical
Books > > Mysteries & Detective Stories
Books > > Steampunk

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Racial tensions and class strife provide the underlying conflict in this tense mystery, first in the Alternate Detective series, set in an industrialized fantasy city reminiscent of Victorian-era South Africa. Sixteen-year-old Ang Sutonga works as a “steeplejack,” cleaning and maintaining Bar-Selehm’s many towers and spires. When her new apprentice is murdered, no one seems to care. Then a secret government organization hires Ang to find the killer, believing the death is linked to more important matters, such as the theft of the city’s fabled Beacon—an impossibly valuable piece of luxorite, the glowing mineral that forms the backbone of the city’s economy. As Ang delves into the mystery, she discovers treachery, danger, and evidence of a far-reaching conspiracy that could throw the region into chaos. Hartley’s (the Darwen Arkwright series) story is a thought-provoking blend of action and intrigue, with a competent and ethical heroine in Ang and a fully imagined setting whose atmosphere and cultural cues also play important roles. The result is an unforgettable page-turner built on surprises and full of potential. Ages 13–up. Agent: Stacey Glick, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (June)

 
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