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First, however, the heartless Count and his "lip-licking, moist-handed, creeping, smarming" secretary, Herr Arturo Snivelwurst, will have to catch Lucy, too--and it is no small task with the headstrong, 14-year-old Hildi Kelmar; her 18-year-old, handsome-in-a-scowling-sort-of-way brother, Peter; and the intrepid English teacher Miss Augusta Davenport on the girls' side. As Miss Davenport herself points out, "an English gentlewoman can rise above any circumstances, given intelligence and a loaded pistol." The events in this delightful gothic farce unfold quickly in a variety of narrative voices, artfully building in suspense to a powerful, terrifying, deeply satisfying stand-off between the Count and the Demon Huntsman of Impenetrable Darkness himself. Subplots and loose ends are gracefully, happily, justly tied up in the light of day, finally allowing readers to exhale.
British novelist Philip Pullman, masterful storyteller and creator of the bestselling adventures The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, mesmerizes us again with his playful, suspenseful thriller Count Karlstein, released in the United States 16 years after its appearance in the United Kingdom. Readers young and old will revel in every angle, twist, and turn of this breathlessly paced, very funny page-turner. (Ages 11 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am a huge fan of Philip Pullman's work, yes most notably his His Dark Materials trilogy, but his whole YA fiction in general surpasses most Author's attempts. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dan Thompson
Philip Pullman has a string of popular stories to his credit and well knows of what he writes. This time out he offers middle readers just what he knows they'll enjoy - frights... Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Gail Cooke
This was a pretty good book. Nothing on my top shelf list or anything. It was kind of slow in some parts and with my ADHD it was hard to keep my attention at times. Read morePublished on September 27, 2007 by S. C. Copeland
We enjoyed this story on a five hour car ride - three kids under 14 and one adult. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Read morePublished on September 6, 2007 by Natalie Norris
This book was funny because there were a lot of characters who had silly names like Roliopolio and Snivelwurst. Read morePublished on April 13, 2007
I liked this book because all the different characters had their own voices. I liked Charlotte best because she was smart. And I also liked when Lucy was the princess in Dr. Read morePublished on April 13, 2007
I thought this book was quite good. I liked the uniqueness of it. Not many books are told from more than one person's point of view. Read morePublished on January 7, 2006
It is 19th century Switzerland. Two young sisters, Charlotte and Lucy, are under the watch of Count Karlstein. Read morePublished on May 13, 2003 by "dramagrl"
'Count Karlstein' varies from 'Clockwork,' but it is still a chilly, gothic tale worth reading. The different narratives throughout the story are amusing and add preception to the... Read morePublished on July 12, 2002 by Jo-Anna