A fast-paced, thought-provoking adventure story filled with friendship, war and the journey to find who we really are, from the author of The Monsters of Rookhaven. SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE AWARD 2019 'One of a kind.
Utterly fantastic.' EOIN COLFER 'A big-hearted debut about friendship, belonging and what it means to be human.' THE BOOKSELLER 'Every so often you read a book that is so wonderful you wish you had written it - this book is one of those.' READING ZONE Christopher is 'Proper': a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire.
He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher's best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher's world is changed for ever ...
What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human. A heartfelt tale of humanity, adventure and belonging, from the bestselling author of Pog and The Monsters of Rookhaven. Pinocchio meets The Wizard of Oz with a hint of Northern Lights as a boy and his mechanical friends discover the truth about his past. A thought-provoking and timely novel, with strong themes of friendship, war and what it really means to be human.