- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0730 (What's this?)
- Series: Section 13 (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481467093
- ISBN-13: 978-1481467094
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lost Property Office (Section 13) Hardcover – November 8, 2016
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Gr 4–7—Thirteen-year-old Jack and his little sister Sadie come to London with their mom in search of their missing dad. The kids stumble upon the Baker Street Branch of the Lost Property Office, managed by a Mrs. Hudson and established by the Ministry of Trackers. It turns out that Dad is really a Tracker, with a supernatural ability to read clues in stone (one that Jack shares) and he's been kidnapped by a mysterious Frenchman called the Clockmaker, who wants Jack to find the magical Ember, which started the Great Fire of 1666. Jack and a young apprentice clerk named Gwen experience a series of wild adventures through time and hidden, magical corners of the city (think "Harry Potter" meets Dr. Who, with steampunk-esque beetle drones). Jack discovers things about his family and their place in history that are beyond anything he could have ever imagined. Jack is originally described as having behaviors that could put him somewhere on the autism spectrum, but he doesn't show those behaviors past the opening chapters of the book. In fact, the characters are the least interesting part of this tale—it's the highly detailed magical world that stands out. Still, the ride is fast and fun. VERDICT Buy where fantasy flies off the shelf.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Winner of the 2017 Silver Falchion for Tween/YA Mysteries
"The ride is fast and fun. VERDICT Buy where fantasy flies off the shelf." - School Library Journal
"Hannibal imaginatively delves into history by linking Jack's search for the Ember with London's historic fire. This fast-paced start to the Section 13 series will please readers who like their mysteries with fantasy and action." - Booklist
"A wondrously imaginative tale that will invigorate the child in all of us." - Providence Journal
"The book carries with it a remarkable breakneck pace, filled with dynamic sensory images. The tight focus, intriguing secrets, strong characters, engaging villain, and all-around excitement were exceptionally appealing to me and I think will be to many young readers." - Publishers Weekly ShelfTalker
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Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal! This book is interesting from the dedication and onward. Steampunk genre with the iridescent clockwork beetles add to the fantasy feel. The main character, thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles, lives with his mom and eight-year-old sister, Sadie. Sadie believes she sees their dad and when Jack looks down to talk to her, she has disappeared. Jack catches up with Sadie and they both end up in The Lost Property Office. They discover that their dad belongs to the Ministry of Trackers. A clerk, Gwen, becomes Jack's guide and they follow clues to the man in black (the Clockmaker) who seems to know what happened to Jack's father and Gwen's uncle, who worked with Jack's father. He tells them to find the Ember and meet him at the Great Clock Tower at midnight to find Jack's father. I enjoy the mix of English and American characters, cultures and humor! Steampunk and fantasy combine for a fun tale of mysterious secrets, intrigue and surprises - 4 stars!
I would love to see this one made into a movie...