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Product description

Tick tock! Tick tock! Some stories are like that. Once you’ve wound them up, nothing will stop them…

A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour – and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, whom some say is the devil… Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter’s evening with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre – and unstoppable – way. Almost like clockwork… Like a strange and wonderful machine, this intricate tale cleverly brings its own cogs together to recreate what happened in a little German town one dark long-ago night…

“For those who want to read spooky stories this winter in front of a flickering fire, this story could hardly be bettered.” Independent

“Deeply satisfying and deserves to become a classic.” TES

Product Details






Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

November 4th, 2004

Other details
  • 96 pages


UK edition


Philip Pullman

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  1. Ron
    on 7 November 2013


    An amazing and atmospheric book!! Cannor emphasize how engaging, intriguing and how much it is the work of a genius!! You want to know atmospehere? Get this book... you will not regret it!! =)

    5out of 5

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  1. Ef owl thumb 8

    on 4 August 2015

    Suspensive, creepy and unique, I loved it!!! We started reading it a school, but when I got home I downloaded it and read it in one day. Full of cliffhangers, I definitely recommend it for lovers of suspense.

    4out of 5
  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    This is unquestionably one of those books that you just can’t put down. With a cliff-hanger on every page, the suspense is at times, almost unbearable. Absolutely remarkable.

  3. Hayley 113303

    on 17 October 2013

    It is so interesting yet slightly Gothic and scary at the same time! A very original storyline. Amazing.

    5out of 5
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    on 7 March 2013

    A nice original book with a great story line

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    on 21 September 2012

    itis is a very good book, we read it in class and I couldnt take my eyes out of it

    5out of 5
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    on 3 March 2012

    I love this book so diffrent

    5out of 5
  7. Avatar owl 761790

    on 23 February 2012

    its brilent i think its got to be in my best books ever top ten trust me its amazing

  8. Wellyphant thumb 19

    on 6 May 2010

    I quite liked this book! At times it was a bit confusing but I was quite a bit younger when I read it so maybe that’s why!! I think you should read this!!

    4out of 5