Spencer’s Corner~The Clockwork Three Book Review

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Three ordinary children are brought together by extraordinary events. . . .

Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician who sees no way to escape from his ruthless master, until the day he finds an enchanted violin.

Frederick is an apprentice clockmaker with a past he cannot remember, who secretly works to build the most magnificent clockwork man the world has ever seen.

Hannah is a maid in a grand hotel, whose life is one of endless drudgery, until she encounters a mystifying new guest and learns of a hidden treasure.

As mysterious circumstances bring them together, the lives of these three children soon interlock, and they realize that each one holds the key to the others’ puzzles. Together, the three discover they have phenomenal power when they team up as friends, and that they can overcome even the darkest of fears.


I picked up this book at a book fair. The book sounded intriguing enough, and the cover was lovely, so I figured it would be good. I was wrong this book was incredibly dull. The writing was confusing and hard to read. It took me over a week to finish this book. The book is set in the early days of the USA. I didn’t realize at the time of getting this book what the time period was because I wouldn’t have gotten the book if I knew the time period. The children in the book don’t have a lot of character, so they don’t make an impact on your experience while reading. Most of the experiences in this book don’t correlate with others. In one,  chapter  it would be 1 days time, and in the next it was elapsed in 45 minutes. If you like confusing and dull books then you might like this, but I don’t know anyone that does. I would not recommend this book to anyone. This is one of my least favorite books of all time. If you see this book, I would avoid it like the plague. I give this book 1 out of 5 stars.

About the Author:

Matthew Kirby was born in Utah, and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. As an undergraduate he majored in history, and then went on to pursue an M.S. in school psychology. For ten months out of the year he works with students, and during the rest of the year he writes. He and his wife currently live in northern Utah.



  1. Too bad you didnt like the book. The cover and title makes it sound good!

  2. Sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing this book review! I never been to a book fair before is that something online or local?

  3. Nicole A. says

    I used to enjoy book fairs in school. I like to visit the second hand book stores and find good reads in the clearance that I can score for a buck or two.

  4. Not every one is going to like or love a book that they picked up on a whim–judging from what you wrote about it I doubt I would enjoy it either–but that does not mean someone else might! I used to love to go to book fairs when I was younger–picked up a lot of good books at some of them!!

  5. Wished it had been better for you

  6. Jennifer Williams says

    My oldest son has enjoyed a few of your books you reviewed. You are about the same age and he does not usually pick out books not history or sports related. I love giving him books he can read in other areas so thank you for starting Spencer’s corner! Great review!

  7. I hate when a book looks good on the outside and when you start reading it you just cannot get into it.

  8. You are patient, when I start reading a book and it make me sleep because it’s boring, I just stop reading it lol.

  9. Thanks for your review. I will not likely finish reading a book if in the beginning it just makes me bored 🙂

  10. sounds like a nice fantasy book. always fun to read those especially on characters that has super powers.

  11. Thanks for the insights. Gives me ideas on what this book all about even if I don’t read the whole pages.

  12. most times when i wanna read a book i read the a page or two first. It saves me from disappointments before buying it.

  13. love the cover of this book adding to reading list

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