CURIOSITY by Gary Blackwood (WoW #155)

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!


Intrigue, danger, chess, and a real-life hoax combine in this historical novel from the author of The Shakespeare Stealer.

Philadelphia, PA, 1835. Rufus, a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, is recruited by a shady showman named Maelzel to secretly operate a mechanical chess player called the Turk. The Turk wows ticket-paying audience members and players, who do not realize that Rufus, the true chess master, is hidden inside the contraption. But Rufus’s job working the automaton must be kept secret, and he fears he may never be able to escape his unscrupulous master. And what has happened to the previous operators of the Turk, who seem to disappear as soon as Maelzel no longer needs them? Creeping suspense, plenty of mystery, and cameos from Edgar Allan Poe and P. T. Barnum mark Gary Blackwood’s triumphant return to middle grade fiction

CURIOSITY will be released April 10th 2014 from Dial/Penguin.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    July 3, 2013

    OOh interesting! This one's totally new to me!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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    July 3, 2013

    Oh wow! That is SO cool! I read The Shakespeare Stealer back in school and always adored it. Definitely marking this one to-read.

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    Caro [The Book Rogue]

    July 3, 2013

    This is definitvely too creepy for me. I hope you enjoy, though! =)
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    July 3, 2013

    I had no idea this was coming. So excited! Thanks for featuring it.

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    Kristin A.

    July 3, 2013

    Wow what a beautiful cover. The premise sounds pretty awesome as well. I think this might just be heading on the TBR.

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    Marmaladelibby (aka Ange)

    July 4, 2013

    That IS bizarre! Why would they do that!? I have a feeling this one will b a JLG pick for our libraries, but don't know if it's something they'll b interested in. Hmmmm…interesting…
    Waiting on Weds @Libby Blog

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    Tammy Sparks

    July 4, 2013

    I'm adoring the cover of this book! It really doesn't look MG from the cover. Very tempting, even though I don't read a lot of MG. Thanks for suggesting!

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    Mara A.

    July 4, 2013

    This sounds awesome! I've really enjoyed Blackwood's other books, so I am definitely adding this to my list! :)

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    Miss Inga Page

    July 4, 2013

    This sounds really interesting, and the cover artwork is beautiful! It sort of reminds me of some of the artwork in The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I'll have to pick this up when it comes out. Thanks for drawing it to my attention :)

    Inga @ Miss Inga Page.

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    Erika A

    July 4, 2013

    This sounds really good! Too bad it comes out int 2014. Thanks for stopping by :)

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    Silvia Arevalo

    July 4, 2013

    Sound very interesting, something mysterious, and the cover is creative, nice choice, thanks for checkinh up my WOW, think I'll wait for this book.

    Silvia @ Bookzland

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    Brenna Wildung

    July 5, 2013

    Sound interesting. Not sure it's my type of read but I hope you enjoy it once you get to read it. :)

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    Brenna @ Two-Tall-Tales

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    Julia :)

    July 5, 2013

    The summary of this one is so intriguing! Historial fiction, plus chess, plus magic/automatons? YES.

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick