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Thoughtfully imaginative and action-packed, Steeplejack is New York Times bestselling A. J. Hartley's YA debut set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world

2017 Thriller Awards Winner for Best Young Adult
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book
Booklist Top Ten YA in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

"A richly realized world, an intensely likable character, and a mystery to die for." -- Cory Doctorow, New York Times -bestselling author

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives and works as a steeplejack in Bar-Selehm, a sprawling city known for its great towers, spires, and smokestacks - and even greater social disparities across race and class.

Ang's world is turned upside-down when her new apprentice Berrit is murdered the same night that the city's landmark jewel is stolen. Her search for answers behind his death exposes unrest in the streets and powerful enemies. But she also finds help from unexpected friends: a kindhearted savannah herder, a politician's haughty sister, and a savvy newspaper girl. As troubles mount in Bar-Selehm, Ang must discover the truth behind both murder and theft soon - or else watch the city descend into chaos.

Publisher: New York : Tor Teen, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765383426
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Hartl
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 25 cm


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ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

Steampunk that actually considers the sociopolitical effects of colonialism? AMAZE. A great example of balancing suspense with solid writing, this page-turner explores the intersections of race, sex, and class through the eyes of a WOC protagonist, and works well as a standalone -- though I look forward to Ang's next case!

KimberlyReads Aug 23, 2016

Great mystery in a fascinating steampunk setting. This fantasy world is inspired by South Africa, and captures its history and complex cultures. If you're looking for a smart, thoughtful fantasy with a solid mystery and a capable lead, look no further.

Aug 20, 2016

Wordy and long made an interesting tale tedious. So much extra information made the mystery get lost. For example there's a baby born and the main girl decides to care for it herself. It cluttered up the suspense. Very obvious bad guys made for little surprises. Immersive world with culture of black, white and native clashing. I also thought it strange that for such a strong female lead she was constantly swooning over the men in her life. I could understand her hesitation when it came to social status but it seemed out of character to get tongue tied with boys.

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