The Toymaker by Jeremy De Quidt

The Toymaker

Written by Jeremy De Quidt

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Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Award 2010

Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award

Mysterious, sinister and haunting, the world of toys who can be made ‘real’ is perfectly captured in this stunning debut novel. Embracing magic and malevolence, it tells the story of how Mathias, a young circus boy, finds himself sucked into a world controlled by the Toymaker. The question is, can he survive?


The Toymaker by Jeremy De Quidt

What good is a toy that will wind down? What if you could put a heart in one? A real heart. One that beat and beat and didn't stop. What couldn't you do if you could make a toy like that? From the moment Mathias becomes the owner of a mysterious piece of paper, he is in terrible danger. Entangled in devious plots and pursued by the sinister Doctor Leiter and his devilish toys, Mathias finds himself on a quest to uncover a deadly secret.

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'An intriguing and atmospheric plot...The story is pacy, exciting and inventive with strong and interesting characters. It's violent in places too, with threats, torture (fingers snapped like dry twigs ), and death. The hero, Mathias, seems to be constantly sustaining new and painful injuries. The plot is essentially a race to uncover a secret: a battle between good and evil and shades of grey in-between, but the revelation of the secret is really worth waiting for. This is no MacGuffin, here simply to justify the chase. It is a dark and dirty secret at the very heart of what the story is all about.' - The Guardian

'The sense of menace is maintained throughout and culminates in a chilling climax. Simply and effectively written and very visual, it all fits together like clockwork.' - The Children's Bookseller

'Classic tale for long winter nights.' - The Bookseller

About the Author

Jeremy De Quidt

Jeremy de Quidt’s first book, The Toymaker (2008), was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. His second, The Feathered Man (2012), was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. When not writing dark stories best read late at night, Jeremy enjoys being a Ceremony Officer, presiding over the marriage ceremonies of many a happy couple. He lives in Somerset with his wife and their three children.

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David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

1st January 2010




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