Take yourself back in time to Edwardian Cambridge: a city of learning and invention as well as hardship and loss. It’s 1905 and Helena finds herself moving to a strange house full of all kinds of clocks. The owner, Mr Westcott, is obsessed with keeping these clocks ticking. They must never stop. Helena’s father is employed as the house timekeeper and clock conservator so it is up to him to make sure time doesn’t stand still.
Still grieving the loss of her mother, Helena’s only friend is her beautiful parrot, Orbit. As they explore the peculiar house together, numerous mysteries unfold. With each passing day, Helena discovers more and more about this unusual family and more and more about herself. From clockwork to early flight, it becomes clear that “People are the same as machines…they can sometimes need a bit of fixing too.”
The House of One Hundred Clocks joins the ranks as another fantastic middle grade book recognising girls in engineering. Set in a time of great invention when women were beginning to fight for their rights, A.M. Howell makes it clear that girls can do anything boys can do and that an interest in science is something to be celebrated.
This story is a gripping mystery of a house that is crying out to be a home and a family that needs to be put back together again. With each tick of the clocks, Helena does all she can to protect her father and find the answers everyone needs. Will she succeed in time?
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