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CURIOSITY by Gary Blackwood (WoW #155)

Posted by on July 3, 2013

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.

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

  2. 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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