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Book recommendations

For readers who love inventions

Quicksmiths is a treasure trove of wonderful inventions – from Skimmi hoverdiscs to the mischievous Human Remote – from Professor Steampunk’s Door-in-a-Bag to Eartha Quicksmith’s Futurescope.

If you love inventions and you haven’t read Ten Riddles or the other books in the series yet, you can find them on Amazon and at all good bookshops.

Are your readers budding inventors, or do they love the idea of crafting fantastical devices? Try these other inventive reads. If you find this list useful, and want to get a copy of a recommended book, please consider purchasing on Bookshop.org. You can find lots more personal recommendations from Loris Own there, and it supports indie bookshops as well as her writing.

The Boundless, by Kenneth Oppel

Features a gigantic, fantastical train with various peculiar inventions on board.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

Features mechanical inventions central to the plot.

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Features a society with advanced technology for controlling memory.

Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) by Philip Pullman

Features the alethiometer, an intricate truth-telling device.

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi

Features a mix of futuristic gadgets and a unique world.

Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman

Involves inventions in a post-apocalyptic world.

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