Dave Butler lives in an old house and works in a study where one of the biggest bestsellers of the twentieth century was written. He has kept the room s original shag carpet and wood-veneer walls. He likes games, guitars, languages, and, most of all, his family. Dave lives in Provo, Utah. You can find him on the Web at davidjohnbutler.com."
"Reminiscent of both Pinocchio and The Great Mouse Detective, this novel is tailor-made for young readers who love adventure narratives and steampunk fiction." Kirkus Reviews A page-turning adventure for ambitious readers School Library Journal The fast-paced plot is action-packed but leaves room for Charlie s coming-of-age journey [The Kidnap Plot] should satisfy fans of fantasy and adventure. Publishers Weekly It s a strong start to a new series the characters are diverse, and Butler creates a smoky, grimy, harsh England that is almost a living character in itself. Readers will happily keep an eye out for the next volume. The Bulletin for the Center for Children s Books"