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The Cabinet of Wonders (Digital Audiobook)

The Kronos Chronicles: Book I

By , (Narrator)

Publication Date: August 4, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/8/2013)
Hardcover, Large Print, Large Print (3/1/2009)
CD-Audio (1/12/2016)
Compact Disc (8/5/2008)
Paperback (2/2/2010)
Hardcover (8/5/2008)
Prebound (2/2/2010)

Fall 2008 Kids' List

“This is a book to get lost in, to explore with curiosity and delight. Upon completion of the world's finest astronomical clock, Peter Kronos, is betrayed by the prince who commissioned it, blinded, and sent home. His daughter, Petra, sets out to retrace her father's journey and reclaim his eyes. An examination of the true meaning of blindness -- and an exciting start to a promising new series featuring a heroine with magic and spunk.”
— Emily D. Pardo, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
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Description

Marie Rutkoski's startling debut novel, the first book in the Kronos Chronicles, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism.

Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it's never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world's finest astronomical clock. Petra's life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home – blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn't know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father's eyes back. Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father's clock has powers capable of destroying their world.

The Cabinet of Wonders is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.