Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould

When I spotted Jenni Spangler had written a second book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! The Vanishing Trick was one of my favourite books of 2020 so I knew The Incredible Talking Machine was going to be something special. I was right!

The Incredible Talking Machine is a cleverly crafted story about fighting your fate and discovering truth, led by Tig Rabbit, a feisty and courageous girl who works at the Theatre Royale in Victorian Manchester. Struggling with finances, the theatre is under threat of closure unless they can come up with an act that will draw in the crowds. Then Professor Faber arrives from Vienna with his Incredible Talking Machine – a mechanical head that speaks with a human voice.

What seems like an amazing technological invention soon turns spooky when the head starts speaking on its own. Suddenly, eerie prophecies set everyone on edge and everything keeps going wrong. Tig’s intuition tells her she must try to stop tragedy from striking but whatever she does just makes things worse. The fascinating turns spine-chilling as Tig strives to discover what the strange messages mean, save the theatre and protect her future.

The fact that this story is based on a real machine and a real inventor makes it even more intriguing.  Professor Faber and his ground-breaking invention inspired many scientists, including those who went on to develop the telephone.

Jenni Spangler has done it again with her uniquely dark, supernatural style sprinkled with hope. Like The Vanishing Trick, this shadowy mystery grips its readers from the start and carries them through a fast-paced, deliciously creepy story.

Thank you to Simon and  Schuster UK Children’s for a sneak peak of this fantastic book! It is definitely going on my pre-order list!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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