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Julius and the Soulcatcher

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Julius Higgins spent most of his time hiding from bullies and working in his grandfather's bookshop in Ironmonger Lane. That is, until Jack Springheel, a mysterious clock collector, turned up looking for a fabled diary of the greatest watchmaker of all time. Soon, Julius was a thief and a runaway! Julius And The Soulcatcher continues the story begun in the popular Julius and the Watchmaker (Text, 2014, also available), and contains even more adventure!
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'The ideas here are complex and fascinating: time-slips and imagination can create other potential worlds and there are rare timepieces that produce a vortex between them. The alternate parallels into which Julius is hurled are rich and scary and strange. Some readers will relish the historical depth, while others will just gulp down the plot, but either way it's a compelling read. I can't wait to hand-sell this to young readers...' -- on Julius and the Watchmaker 'An exciting romp through Time, full of wonderful characters and sinister possibilities.' Lian Tanner, author of The Museum Thieves, on Julius and the Watchmaker 'The clever explanation of time travel with its endless possibilities offers a wildly unpredictable ride and, presumably, more adventures are afoot.' Sun Herald on Julius and the Watchmaker 'He self-deprecatingly states he has an old-fashioned style though one would more aptly describe it as is a book that has appeal for people of all ages.' West Australian on Julius and the Watchmaker 'When the action commences, Hehir's pacing is perfect.' Australian Book Review on Julius and the Watchmaker 'Hehir's storytelling is clear and has some vivid touches, as when the careful gait of the clockwork men remind Julius of the wading birds on the Thames, or their voices are described as sounding like ball-bearings rolling on a drum skin.' Saturday Age on Julius and the Watchmaker 'This will be a thoroughly absorbing read for 12-year-olds, who can engage as much or as little as they like with the historical detail and lessons in time, while getting swept along in the adventures and fates of Julius, our likeable hero, and his slowly evolving band of friends.' Big Issue on Julius and the Watchmaker 'Hehir's steampunk-inspired debut novel is an adventure through time and space...Good, lively fun.' Kirkus on Julius and the Watchmaker 'The atmosphere of 19th century London is captured credibly in this strange tale, with colourful and captivating characterisations of heroes and villains alike...[a] chilling, labyrinthine sequel.' Magpies 'Julius and the Soulcatcher delivers a rich, multilayered narrative with relatable characters, fast-paced action, 19th century technology and designs and unique alternate worlds in this science fiction fantasy.' ReadPlus

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