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Philip Reeve , David Wyatt
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1 Oct 2007
Art and his family are invited on a fantastic free holiday to the exotic Asteroid Belt - in a remote part of space near Mars. Taking the train, they arrive to discover that nothing is quite as it seems - the hotel slips curiously back and forth through time, and the guests behave rather strangely, too. What is behind these bizarre goings on? It's up to Art, Jack Havoc and his sister Myrtle (against her will) to get to the bottom of things. But the giant sand clams and man-eating starfish which roam freely nearby are nothing compared to the True Enemy, which is cunning, sinister, and almost unstoppable, and may resemble a hat ...

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st Edition edition (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747589135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747589136
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 14.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Reeve is the creator of one of the most brilliantly inventive worlds in fantasy fiction. He won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with his Mortal Engines series, as well as the Nestlé Book Prize - Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. He has been short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith People's Choice Awards. Here Lies Arthur won the prestigious 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of theatre projects. He is a talented illustrator and has provided cartoons for many books, including several titles in the Horrible Histories series, and the brilliant Urgum the Axeman books written by Kjartan Poskitt. Philip has been writing stories since he was five, and Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

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'Larklight is completely engrossing, miss-your-Tube-station excellent. The first in a new series by the writer of the popular Hungry Cities Chronicles, it is a brilliantly witty quest set in outer space that will get children turning pages at the speed of light.' Telegraph 'Reeve's mechanical fantasy world is every bit as enthralling as in his Infernal Engines, and Wyatt's illustrations add to the fascination.' Independent 'Remarkable Out of this world.' Sunday Times 'It's a fully illustrated book - pictures by David Wyatt - that harks back to the adventure stories I remember reading as a child. Any fan of fantasy or science will love it. Charlie Higson, Mail on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Philip Reeve was born and grew up in Brighton. He worked in a bookshop there and on various other projects before starting a career as an illustrator. Although he has been writing stories since he was very young, Mortal Engines was the first to be published - and to incredible critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for The Whitbread Children's Book Award and was awarded the GOLD Nestle Smarties Book Prize as well as being named The Blue Peter Book of the Year 2003. Philip lives in Devon with this wife and son. Illustrator David Wyatt has worked on many beautiful covers for authors, including Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Diana Wynne-Jones, Alan Garner and JRR Tolkien. He lives in an ancient house in a graveyard in Devon, and is a keen lutist, cyclist and wanderer of the moors.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Second 2 Nov 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
In this, the second novel in the series of Larklight by Philip Reeve the heroes of the original return in an adventure of bewilderment, adventure and mystery as secrets uncovered from the first outing return to cause not only problems but require solutions. As with the original its quintessentially British in its offering with typical humour, the stiff upper lip attitude and above all the message that no problem is insurmountable. A great second offering from the author and one that really has made me a firm fan. I really can't wait for the third part.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If you love J.K.Rowling you will love Philip Reeve.

A rip roaring adventure through the victorian cosmos, stopping for
afternoon tea and cakes, naturally.

Wonderfully written and illustrated. the book tells of the adventures of brother and sister, Art and Myrtle Mumby.
Set in the victorian cosmos (they thought we could breath in space) they have exciting adventures. Fighting off robots, black spectral space brain control things, mad scientists, French secret agents, all with the help of space pirates.
Its a fantastic read.
I am probably not the sort of person that this book was aimed at, No, im not a middle teen nor am i a pre-teen fan of the Harry Potter books who fancied a change of read. I am in fact a 28 year old civil engineer from kent, with a wife and a baby boy on his way.
It just goes to show that this book can appeal to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Feb 2014
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I really liked starcross and larklight because they were exciting and interesting books that I thing any age would enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :) 18 Sep 2013
By alex
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I love the ideas behind this series. Great characters and settings. Wish i had lived in a flying house for my childhood!
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice adventure book 22 April 2013
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an innocent action adventure book for juvenile/adult alike. Reeve has a nice way of writing a story and these books lead onto a series of books. I liked them so much I bought the whole Reeve collection of moving cities, dragons,goblins and all. very nice.
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