Kate Milford is a published playwright and screenwriter, and author of The Boneshaker and Greenglass House. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at www.clockworkfoundry.com.
A 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults BookThis is one of those books that's a delight from start to finish, quirky but grounded, with characters you'll fall in love with. While I wish Natalie Minks had been my kid sister so I could have gone off to have adventures with her, this is the next best thing. --Charles de Lint, author of The Blue Girl, Dingo, and Little (Grrl) Lost* Both impressive and ambitious, Milford's first novel rarely overreaches as it lays out an eerie and atmospheric vision of early-twentieth-century Americana, electrified by supernatural traces and a generously complex look at good, evil, and the wide swath in between. --Booklist, starred reviewThe tale is shrouded in mystery and explores themes of gaining confidence and recognizing evil, and Milford's detail-rich prose makes it all the more haunting. --Publishers WeeklyThis unusual story, with elements of folklore, tall tales and steampunk, has rich details of small-town America in the early 20th century as well as the impact of budding technology. Natalie is a well-drawn protagonist with sturdy supporting characters around her. The tension built into the solidly constructed plot is complemented by themes that explore the literal and metaphorical role of crossroads and that thin line between good and evil.--Kirkus Reviews