The Lost Property Office

The Lost Property Office

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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James R. Hannibal presents a thrilling adventure through history, complete with mysteries, secret items, codes, and a touch of magic in this stunning middle grade debut.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace.

But Jack's father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries--and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack's inheritance.

Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481467094
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 390 pages : map ; 19 cm


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May 23, 2018

Do you like mystery? Do you like things that *seem* like magic but aren't *exactly* magic? Do you like dangerous adventures, secret societies, and historical ties to the present? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you will probably like this book--I know I did.

JCLHilaryS Jul 16, 2017

A fun book with plenty of fantasy, mystery and thrilling adventures. Jack Buckles is different beyond his wildest imagination. He tries to isolate himself from the overwhelming input of the word, but must learn to use his synesthesia as a gift to follow clues, solve puzzles & codes to find his way back to his family again. Jack teams up with Gwen to find what the nefarious Clockmaker demands - two teens out to save London in a day! I look forward to the next in series.

JCLCourtneyS May 30, 2017

This whole story takes place over the course of a single day, making it a very fast-paced sleuthing adventure. The story is a satisfying puzzle and the characters invite you right into their lives. I also enjoyed the descriptions of Jack's experiences with synesthesia and how he grows to use his unique mind as an asset instead of a challenge.

ArapahoeCatherine Jan 15, 2017

A solid middle grade adventure that will definitely appeal to fans of Rick Riordan!


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