The toy makers apprentice Sherri L Smith paperback

The toy makers apprentice Sherri L Smith paperback

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A gorgeously imagined Nutcracker retelling from award-winning author Sherri L. Smith.

Stefan Drosselmeyer is a reluctant apprentice to his toymaker father until the day his world is turned upside down. His father is kidnapped and Stefan is enlisted by his mysterious cousin, Christian Drosselmeyer, to find a mythical nut to save a princess who has been turned into a wooden doll. Embarking on a wild adventure through Germany, Stefan must save Boldavia’s princess and his own father from the fanatical Mouse Queen and her seven-headed Mouse Prince, both of whom have sworn to destroy the Drosselmeyer family.   
 
Based on the original inspiration for the Nutcracker ballet, Sherri L. Smith brings the Nutcracker Prince to life in this fascinating journey into a world of toymaking, magical curses, clockmaking guilds, talking mice and erudite squirrels.  


"An absorbing tale of adventure, invention, family loyalty, and sly humor. . . . Bursting with unforgettable characters." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Exceedingly well done, this is a great fantasy novel and is highly recommended for middle grade readers, fans of fantasy, and lovers of The Nutcracker." —
VOYA

Review

Praise for The Toymaker's Apprentice:
"An absorbing tale of adventure, invention, family loyalty, and sly humor. . . . Bursting with unforgettable characters." — School Library Journal, starred review

"Men and mice engage in mortal conflict in this multilayered retelling . . . . A fast-paced adventure." — Kirkus Reviews

"An inventive fantasy." — Booklist

"Smith manages to tease out the darker elements of her inspiration, theNutcracker, while still maintaining a sense of whimsy, resulting in a story that blends wonder, melancholy, and adventure." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Exceedingly well done, this is a great fantasy novel and is highly recommended for middle grade readers, fans of fantasy, and lovers of The Nutcracker." — VOYA

“Smith’s usage of elements from Hoffmann, Dumas’s later adaptation, and the perennially popular Nutcracker ballet is extremely clever.” — Publishers Weekly

“Smith threads a wondrous tale which salutes The Nutcracker stories and ballet while carrying readers off on enchanting new adventures. “ —School Library Connection


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