This brilliantly written book is one of my personal favourites and was shortlisted for numerous awards, such as: Waterstones Book Prize 2017, Haringey Children's Book Award 2017 and much, much more. It was also the winner of Dudley Teen Book award and Sefton Super Reads Award 2017.
It follows the journey of young, red-haired Lily on the epic quest to find and save her father (John Hartman). She is joined by another young boy named Robert, who is the son of the town's horologist. Malkin (a fox 'mechanimal' and her best friend) helps Lily on her journey as a sidekick. they are hiding from Mr Roach and Mr Mould (who have mirrored centered eyes instead of pupils). She seeks help from Anna (a news reporter) and Professor Silverfish. As Roach and Mould search the land for her, another villain lurks in the shadows without being noticed. Yet they are after the Cogheart, but where is it?
This gripping adventure shows how confident children can be, and that the ones you hold dearly can ruin your life. Set in Victorian times, it is great for readers who most enjoy action and seek a nice crime story. Suitable for children, I would rate it ***** (out of 5) because it has become one of my favourite books.