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A mysterious toymaker who lives as a recluse in an old mansion, surrounded by the mechanical beings he has created... an enigma surrounding strange lights that shine through the mists that envelop the small island on which the old lighthouse stands... a shadowy creature that hides deep in the woods... these are the elements of a mystery that bind 14-year-old Irene to Ismael during one magical summer spent in the Blue Bay. Irene's mother has taken a job as a housekeeper for the toymaker, Lazarus, but his house contains more secrets than Irene and Ishmael have bargained for.
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A pleasingly old-fashioned chiller, set in Normandy just before the second world war. Irene goes to stay in the Blue Bay when her mother becomes housekeeper to toymaker Lazarus Jann. A mystery filled with creepy automata and deadly secrets. (Summer Books Guide FT.COM)
Very well-written, and full of suspense, it has all the appeal of an ancient story-book, with black and white line-drawings at the start of every chapter. (Alison A.Maxwell-Cox THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN)
One magical summer turns into a nightmare when a young girl discovers the secrets locked into a reclusive toymaker's mansion.
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Book Description Orion, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition... LONDON: Orion Children's Books (2013). First Limited edition. First printing. 1/100 copies. This book is signed by author on title page and stamped with an EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION stamp, number 73 out of 100 copies. Hardbound. New/New. A pristine unread copy (without marks or bruises or smells or any other defect). Comes with archival-quality mylar dust jacket cover (not price-clipped, of course). Shipped in well-padded box. Purchased new and opened only for author to sign, no inscriptions, just the author's name directly on the title page and the stamp. You cannot find a better copy. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 10-2013-30RAJ