Tin, by Padraig Kenny
Christopher is a real boy, who works for an engineer who makes the eccentric and loyal mechanicals who are Christopher’s best friends. But after an accident, a secret is revealed and his world changes for ever ....
Set in an ‘ alternate ‘ 1930’s England, this is an original and assured debut novel with a sci-fi flavour.
Suitable for 9 ( min) and up to 14.
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