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Locksmith

A Felix Taylor Adventure

by Nicholas Maes

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published: Jul 2008
ISBN:9781459720954
publisher: Dundurn
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Commended for the 2009 Best Books for Kids & Teens, long-listed for the 2009 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
Twelve-year-old Lewis Castorman is a master locksmith: there is no lock on earth that he is unable to open. He is therefore flattered when world-renowned chemist Ernst K. Grumpel invites him to his office in New York City and offers him a lock-picking assignment. His confidence quickly turns to dismay, however, when he learns this job will take him to Yellow Swamp in northern Alberta, the scene of a disastrous chemical spill a year earlier. He is also horrified to discover that Grumpel is utterly ruthless and, through his chemical inventions, can alter the rules of nature at his will. But the assignment is one that Lewis can’t refuse.
How is Grumpel able to create such miraculous transformations? What secrets has he locked away and why has he taken pains to store them in Alberta? Despite the strange discoveries Lewis will make at every turn in his adventures, nothing will prepare him for the final encounter that awaits him in Yellow Swamp.

About the Author

Nicholas Maes is a high school history teacher and teaches classics at the University of Waterloo. His previous novels for young people are Crescent Star, Locksmith, and Transmigration. Maes' first Felix Taylor Adventure was Laughing Wolf, which was nominated for the Snow Willow Award. He lives in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

Nicholas Maes is a high-school history teacher and teaches classics at the University of Waterloo. His adult novel Dead Man's Float was published in 2006, and he has published several short stories and reviews in a variety of journals. He lives with his wife, three children, and a rabbit in Toronto.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
5
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Long-listed, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
Editorial Review

Maes makes sure the fate of each character is accounted for as the story concludes but leaves the reader hoping for a sequel. A highly recommended read for all ages!

— CM Magazine

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Locksmith

Twelve-year-old Lewis is a master locksmith and he’s flattered when worldrenowned chemist Ernst K. Grumpel invites him to his office in New York City for a lock-picking assignment. But his confidence quickly fades when Grumpel’s true nature is revealed.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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