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ISBN: 9781616146252
Author: Freer, Dave
Publisher: Pyr Books
Published: July 2012
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: In an alternate 1953 dominated by coal power and the British Empire, Clara Calland and her mother embark on a treacherous journey toward freedom in Westralia aboard a smugglers' submarine pursued by spies and soldiers.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Science fiction.
Submarines (Ships); Fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012000417
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 5.75" L x 1.00" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, Action & Adventure
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Contributor Bio(s): ve Freer is an ichthyologist turned author. He lives on Flinders Island, between Australia and Tasmania, with his wife, Barbara; four dogs; four cats; and two sons, Paddy and James. His first book, The Forlorn, came out in 1999. He has coauthored novels with Eric Flint and with Mercedes Lackey, as well as written A Mankind Witch and Dragons Ring and various shorter works. Besides working as a fisheries scientist for the Western Cape shark fishery, he has worked as a commercial diver and as a relief chef at several luxury game lodges. His other interests are rock climbing, diving, fly-fishing, fly tying, wine tasting, and the smoking and salting of food. Visit him online at coalfiredcuttlefish.wordpress.com, at www.facebook.com/Freer.Dave, and on Twitter @davefreersf.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
In an alternate London with a domineering government, Clara meets Tim, a member of a rebel group. Tim takes work on the Cuttlefish--a smuggling submarine that eventually carries Clara and her scientist mother to safer Westralia. But the British Imperial power becomes a threat there, too. Extended descriptions and bland characters impede the narrative pace of these first installments. [Review covers these titles: Cuttlefish and The Steam Mole.]
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 June #3)

In this steampunk adventure set in an alternate 20th-century, two teenagers bond during a series of death-defying episodes aboard an illegal submarine. Fourteen-year-old Clara Calland and her mother are on the run from the globally dominant British Empire because of their association with Irish rebels. Circumstances place them on the Cuttlefish, a coal-fueled submarine that runs smuggled goods across the ocean. On the ship, Clara meets Tim Barnabas, a young member of the crew who is determined to prove himself. As the Cuttlefish races from port to port, one step ahead of pursuit, Tim and Clara must help save the ship on a number of occasions, while trying to ferret out a traitor. While Freer (Dog and Dragon) offers action aplenty, a fascinating setting, and memorable characters, his story runs on a slow burn, not unlike the submarine at its center. Still, he has created a fun world to explore, and he doesn't shy away from deeper themes, such as the casual racism that plagues the mixed-race Tim, courtesy of his shipmates. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Kabongo, OnyxHawke Agency. (July)

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