In Victorian England, Stella Montgomery lives with her three dreadful Aunts at the Hotel Majestic. One day, she sees something she shouldn’t have, and is plunged into an adventure. Can she overcome the sinister magician and his gang of thugs, a hand-of-glory, a clockwork beetle,  a military pudding, mutton-in-aspic and an enormous, ghostly sea monster, to find her way home?

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  • Winner, Indie Award, Children’s and YA, 2015
  • Winner, ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, 2015
  • Winner, Davitt Award, Best Children’s Crime Novel, 2015
  • Honour Book, CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2015
  • Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards, Children’s Book, 2014
  • Shortlisted, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, 2015