Author(s): Trenton Lee Stewart
When Reuben discovers an old pocket watch, he soon realizes it holds an incredible power: it can turn you invisible for fifteen minutes. He can't resist the lure of disappearance: for a time, he can vanish from the despotic regime of New Umbra.
But the watch's power is even more extraordinary than he imagines. Soon, he's on the run from New Umbra's ruler, The Smoke, who's determined to possess it for himself ...
From the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series comes a brand new book and a whole new world. Full of twists and turns and so much tension, it's a perfect read for 9-13 year-olds and a must-read for all Mysterious Benedict Society fans regardless of age (like me). And at over 500 pages, it'll keep your book-swallowers busy over the holidays.
Eleven-year-old Reuben and his mum are barely scraping by when, on his daredevil exploration of the city, he discovers an old pocket watch hidden inside a wall. Reuben hopes it will lead to a change in their fortunes but things are not so simple in the city of New Umbra, a frightening place where groups of men called The Directions stalk the streets and all are under the control of someone (or something) known as The Smoke.
The watch has a secret which Reuben soon discovers - but this leads to yet more secrets - some wonderful and some terrifying. And others are after the watch. Soon Reuben is being hunted across the city - and it's up to him to keep himself and his mum (with whom he has such a lovely relationship) safe. Codes, hidden passages, secret doors, tunnels, traps and puzzles abound but ultimately this is a story about friendship and family and the power of secrets.