About the book: It is a winter’s evening in a little German town and people have gathered at the tavern to listen to a mysterious tale from young novelist Fritz. Apprentice clockmaker Karl is among those listening waiting for the next day when the figure he has made for the great clock of Glockenheim will be revealed. But he has not even started work. When a sinister figure arrives in the tavern, Fritz’s story seems to be coming to life and Karl is made an offer which is too good to resist.
Reasons for selection: Clockwork is a tale filled with suspense and holds great appeal for readers who enjoy their reading matter to give them a fright. Reading the story together is a supportive way of introducing this genre to more sensitive readers. The multiple narratives and sophisticated themes make this short book a challenging read. Philip Pullman is an expert craftsman and his mastery of the written word makes this an excellent novel for language study. The complex structure and interlocking narratives provide plot twists and turns which are revealed through close reading and reflection.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org