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Puppet Master

Written by Joanne Owen

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An intriguing and atmospheric mystery revolving around the magical puppets in a theatre in Old Prague.

Milena loves everything about the theatre. Her father was an outstanding puppet maker and she has grown up with the magic of these special characters. But, her father dies and her mother disappears and suddenly Milena’s life is changed when she meets the dazzling Puppet Master and Zdebko and Zdenka, the threatening twins who support him. As the story unfolds so do the myths surrounding theatre and circus and Milena’s own magical legacy. A complete world is richly woven together.

The Lovereading comment:  This beautifully crafted debut novel, set at the turn of the twentieth century is rich in the tradition of circus, theatre and magic. Skilfully woven into the chilling tale of a charismatic puppet master, a missing heiress and a very determined heroine are some wonderfully memorable fairy and folk tales from central and eastern Europe. The vivid descriptions and gothic atmosphere which the author creates transport the reader deep into 19th century Prague, a city waiting to lay bare a myriad of secrets.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Puppet Master Synopsis

An intriguing and atmospheric mystery revolving around the magical puppets in a theatre in Old Prague. Milena loves everything about the theatre. Her father was an outstanding puppet maker and she has grown up with the magic of these special characters. But, her father dies and her mother disappears and suddenly Milena’s life is changed when she meets the dazzling Puppet Master and Zdebko and Zdenka, the threatening twins who support him. As the story unfolds so do the myths surrounding theatre and circus and Milena’s own magical legacy. A complete world is richly woven together.

Puppet Master Press Reviews

"It feels timeless, like fairytales and fever dreams...a fascinating piece of children's literature." Guardian

"The atmosphere is terrific, it's like being in Prague." S F Said

“It's a stunning piece of work, archetypal and human at the same time (which is a hideously difficult trick to pull off) beautifully written - especially its descriptive passages - strongly characterised and frighteningly well researched.” - Author Herbie Brennan

“I loved it and was intrigued from the beautifully written opening paragraphs to the fast-moving conclusion. There's drama all the way through; surprise and excitement as the story unfolds. I love the mix of legends with a new story and the fact that Prague becomes almost a character in the story.” - Author Wendy Cooling

'Full of magic and mystery...engaging and fascinating' - Publishing News

'It's like reading an old fairytale you'd forgotten you heard as a child' - SFX Magazine

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ISBN: 9781842556207
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781842555842
Publication date: 29/05/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781842556207
Publication date: 7th May 2009
Author: Joanne Owen
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks

About Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen’s lifelong love of reading and writing began when she was growing up in Pembrokeshire, and very much wished that witches (and Mrs Pepperpot) were real. An early passion for culture, story and folklore led Joanne to read archeology and anthropology at St John’s, Cambridge, after which she worked as a bookseller, and led the UK children’s book buying team for a major international retailer.  Joanne has written several books for children/young adults. She’s now a fulltime reviewer, workshop presenter and writer, working on YA novels with a strong ...

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