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Written by Padraig Kenny

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LoveReading View on Tin

March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: robot story with real heart

Christopher is a ‘proper’: a real boy with a soul.  His best friends Jack, Rob, Manda and Gripper are ‘mechanicals’ riveted together from metal and wires, but still some of the warmest and most real characters you will ever meet in fiction. When strange facts about Christopher’s past come to light, he is stolen away, and his mechanical friends put themselves in real danger to bring him back. With elements of The Wizard of Oz and a touch of Philip K. Dick, Pádraig Kenny has created a thoroughly intriguing and involving adventure story full of characters that readers will really care about. He also poses interesting and important questions about what being human means.

This is a story to recommend to fans of Peter Bunzl’s Cogheart or Philip Reeve’s epic Mortal Engines series.   ~ Andrea Reece



Tin Synopsis

Christopher is 'Proper': a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher's best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher's world is changed for ever ...

What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human.

Tin Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Zoe Basson, age 11 - 'This book made me understand what it means to be a human.'
  • Grace Phelan, age 10 - 'Tin is an original and thrilling book that is overflowing with mysteries about to be unravelled.'
  • Amber Gurung, age 11 - Wellington Primary Academy - 'I was captivated from the first page! Tin is a story of true friendship, adventure and courage!'
  • Emily lonsdale, age 12 - 'I would recommend this book this book to pretty much everyone because it is an interesting and funny read...Awesome mechanical mayhem, a robotic fairy-tale to be cherished. For all the budding engineers.'
  • Ethan Watkin, age 10 - 'This book is touching with little dashes of comedy. It's a completely different story to anything I've read before which made it really interesting.'
  • Josh Parcell, age 10 - 'Tin is a wonderful book about a world of “mechanicals”.  After a terrible accident Christopher is plunged into an exciting journey to discover the truth about who he really is.'
  • Bella, age 10 - 'Tin is a fun and exciting story.'     
  • Niamh Donnelly, age 10 - Wellington Primary Academy - 'An amazing book about friendship, love and adventure. Four friends journey to find their friend, Christopher, and discover their true past.'
  • Alex Hall, age 12 - 'I found this difficult to read and didn't get very far with it...'
  • Catherine Richardson, adult - 'This book is one of a kind as it's unusual in its subject matter and style; it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781911077657
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783440405
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911077657
Publication date: 1st February 2018
Author: Padraig Kenny
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Science Fiction
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Padraig Kenny

Pádraig Kenny is an Irish writer from Newbridge in County Kildare. He has a first class master's degree in Anglo-Irish Writing from Maynooth University, and he has taught English literature and creative writing. He has worked as a freelance arts journalist, and as a scriptwriter he has written drama and comedy for radio and screen. Tin is his first novel.

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