“A rich and brilliantly bonkers story of aliens and androids. Its themes of social justice and equality really set it apart in the sci-fi genre.” – The Belfast Telegraph about The Starlight Watchmaker.
Hugo is spending the holidays on his friend Dorian’s home planet, Hydrox. Although thrilled at the invitation, Hugo is still astonished that Duke Dorian could possibly want to be friends with an android watchmaker like him. But when the pair land on Hydrox along with their friend Ada, they soon discover that there are much bigger problems afoot.
A race of butterflies from a neighbouring star system have evacuated their now-uninhabitable planet, and Hydrox is struggling to find space for the growing number of refugees. Meanwhile, deep in the seas beneath Dorian’s home, a strange creature is on a path of destruction…
Can the unlikely trio step in before the crisis gets out of control?
Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 12+, this is a sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker, which was shortlisted for the STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2020 and nominated for the Carnegie medal. The second book in The Watchmaker and the Duke series is a 17,000 word novella which will be published in paperback and eBook by Barrington Stoke on 15th February 2021.
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- STEAM Book Prize double shortlisting and story updateHugely thrilled that both The Quiet at the End of the World and The Starlight Watchmaker have been shortlisted for the2020 STEAM Children’s Book Prize, celebrating science in fiction! Here’s the full YA list: Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans UsborneContinue reading “STEAM Book Prize double shortlisting and story update”
- Carnegie nomination for The Starlight Watchmaker!Super exciting news today! The Starlight Watchmaker has been nominated for the Carnegie medal! This is so exciting, especially as nominations come from librarians themselves, who know exactly what teenagers are reading. Congratulations to everyone else on the list!Continue reading “Carnegie nomination for The Starlight Watchmaker!”