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Nov 10 2010

The Cabinet of Curiosities by Paul Dowswell

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Bloomsbury, 2010. ISBN 978 1 4088 0046 1.
The Cabinet of Curiosities is perfect for readers who like history. Set in 1598, around the time of the Spanish Inquisition, we meet teenager Lukas. He is on his way to Prague to become an apprentice to his uncle, Anselmus, the apothecary to the Emperor.
The Cabinet of Curiosities is a dark story, starting out with attempted murder and robbery, with Lukas having to steal and trick his way to Prague. He makes friends with Etienne, a quick-talking, confident con-artist.
Life in the castle is very different for Lukas and he is put to work, learning the ways of an apothecary. His uncle shows Lukas the Cabinet of Curiosities, a room full of wonders and treasures from around the world.
The dark themes continue as Spanish diplomats vie for the attention of the Emperor (in hopes of him following their ways). Lukas has made friends but they make plans to con and steal. The question is - from who?
Is The Cabinet of Curiosities on their agenda?
What will Lukas's uncle say when he finds out?
Kylie Kempster

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