Working for Mr Absalom is all Christopher has ever known and although he is the only 'real' child, he is happy with the odd assortment of mechanical children Mr Absalom has made.
Then, something happens and Christopher is taken from the life he knows. His friends might not be 'proper' children, but they are as loyal as can be and are determined to find Christopher and bring him home.
'Tin' is a fantastic quest in which good really triumphs over evil, set in a fantasy world where Mechanicals are a part of everyday life. The plot is full of unexpected twists and there is plenty of action and excitement.
The characters are the real strength of this story. Each is brilliantly drawn and bursting with personality. Round Rob is my favourite; his child-like innocence and good humour make him central to some very poignant moments. All that's best of human nature is embodied in the mechanical characters in stark contrast to most of the humans.
This is one of those books which I can't wait to get onto the library shelves. I'm sure they will enjoy it every bit as much as I did!
Tin Padraig Kenny
Chicken House ISBN: 978-1911077657