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Highly Commended in the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category.
A tremendous adventure unfolds across the vast emptiness of Canada being opened up by explorers in the 1880s. William Everett knows all about the railway from his father who has been working on it for years. Waiting to meet him on an empty station – Mile 2553 – William meets an attractive young circus performer before being swept up onto an amazing train and into a journey of a lifetime. There is a dazzling cast of characters, some seriously derailing incidents and glorious countryside all to be encountered on this rollercoaster journey of a lifetime.
After a murder is committed, Will finds himself in possession of a key that has the potential to unlock the train's hidden treasures. Together with Maren, a gifted escape artist, and Mr Dorian, a circus ringmaster with amazing abilities, Will must save the Boundless before someone else winds up dead. With villains fast on his heels and strange creatures lurking outside the windows, the train hurtles across the country as Will flees for his life. His adventure may have begun without his knowing...but how it ends is now entirely up to Will.
Will is aboard the Boundless – a train with 987 carriages, including a theatre, cinema and circus. But, there is a dangerous threat on board. Can Will prevent Brogan and his gang from carrying out a brutal robbery? This thrilling story, full of adventure and fantasy, is ingenious and engrossing. (Ages 9-11)
"WHAT A BOOK! Pacy, gripping and magical." - Katherine Rundell, award-winning author of Rooftoppers
"A rip-roaring yarn of superlative quality." - Amanda Craig, former children's book reviewer for The Times
"Absolute genius . . . plenty of derring-do and a little bit of magic. It’s great!" - The Bookbag
|Publication date:||7th May 2015|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn won a Printz Honor Award, and the Canadian Governor General’s Prize. Its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller. His Silverwing trilogy has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, and has been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Movie rights in This Dark Endeavour have been bought by the producers of Twilight. Read the author's biography here. Photo credit Mark Raynes RobertsMore About Kenneth Oppel