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Haywired ISBN: 9781906132347
Price: £7.99
176 pages
Suggested age range: 10+


'There are worse people than me, boy. Much worse.'

Mandrake von Guggenstein has escaped!

Snatched on the day of his execution by a nightmare creature called Grilsgarter, the Terror of Beacon is loose again.
The clock is ticking. Can brothers Ludwig and Hephaestus find him before their world is plunged into darkness again?

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Haywired is the first book in this series.

'(Rewired is) The thrilling sequel to the 'steampunk' fairytale Haywired. Once again the author has successfully touched the nerve cells of 11+ year olds by delivering a clever gothic horror adventure full of intrigue, suspense and plenty of humour thrown in.'

'Intelligently written, with plenty of wry humour that adds to it's adult readability.HayWired is a fun fantasy adventure full of family secrets, a circus, pirates, steampunk machinery, dark twists and some excellent grimness. I look forward to the next one.' - Un:Bound

'The reader is gripped throughout...intrigue and suspicion pour from the pages thanks to rich characterisation. There is also a dark hopelessness as the story weaves on, a sense of imminent foreboding caused by an all too familiar hand. Even though the subject matter maybe somewhat fantastical, there is a solid reality to this world, a physical quality that makes it unnerving. I am excited to find out what happens to his characters next, and just what mesmerising spin Alex Keller will take us on in future incarnations. The Solitary Bee

'Haywired is very different to the steampunk books I have read so far. The publishers are calling it a steampunk fairytale, and I cannot come up with a better phrase to describe it, as that is exactly how it reads. The fairytale feel to the story is there from the very first page and at times it is as if the Brothers Grimm were alive and well and writing for a steampunk loving audience. Like many fairytales it is also relatively short, weighing in at a slim 170 pages, but even so it still manages to pack quite a punch. Of course, most adults know that the Grimm fairy tales were exactly that - grim... Haywired is like this as well - the story is deliciously dark in places.' - Book Zone 4 Boys

"Fans of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engine sequence will love this debut novel, Haywired - published by a smallish publisher this compelling tale of unearthed family secrets as well as some diabolical plans to turn the world inside out, it's up to 11 year old Ludwig to rescue the world before any of the ghoulish machines hunt him down. With a plot that's full of twists and turns on every page, it's not to be missed." Debut Book of the Month

'Mortal Engines' author Philip Reeve interviews Alex Keller