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April 10, 2018

Saddle up for another steampunk adventure

By Sarah Jean Horwitz
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Sarah Jean Horwitz ups the quotient of magic, mystery, humor and heart in this riveting sequel to the well-loved series debut, Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers.

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Sarah Jean Horwitz ups the quotient of magic, mystery, humor and heart in this riveting sequel to the well-loved series debut, Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers.

Carmer, the gifted inventor and former magician’s apprentice, and Grit, the rebellious princess of the Seelie faerie court, may have escaped the clutches of the Mechanist and his dastardly plans to harness the power of the Fae for his own greedy purposes, but their adventures are far from over. The two unlikely allies-turned-friends are eager to leave the scene of their battle with the evil mastermind far behind them, so they hop into Carmer’s steam-powered house-on-wheels and hit the road. They end up in Driftside City, where they encounter Rinka Tinka’s Roving Wonder Show, the world’s most captivating flying circus. But when the two begin to suspect that stolen faerie magic might be the secret to the show’s success, they find themselves embarking on an investigation that will lead them to places and people they could never have anticipated.

This anticipated follow-up foray into the steampunk world of Carmer and Grit is packed with just as many elements of whimsy and awe as the first installment, from a circus made up of giant animal-shaped airships to faerie cowboys and underwater palaces. Add in a cast of intriguing, mysterious new characters and a dose of fright sure to produce goosebumps, and you’ve got the recipe for a sequel that's sure to have readers asking for more.

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Carmer and Grit: The Crooked Castle

Carmer and Grit: The Crooked Castle

By Sarah Jean Horwitz
Algonquin
ISBN 9781616206642

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