The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
The Feathered Man
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Long ago in a German town, Klaus, the tooth-puller’s boy, sees his master steal a diamond from the teeth of a dead man in the wicked Frau Drecht’s lodging house. Klaus doesn’t want any trouble, but events overtake him when he finds himself with the diamond in his pocket. Frau Drecht is prepared to go to murderous lengths to get hold of it, a mysterious Jesuit priest has appeared and is asking questions, and then there is the Professor from the School of Anatomy showing a strange interest in it. Things go from bad to worse as Klaus is relentlessly pursued, and then the Feathered Man appears...
This intriguing, innovative and sometimes disturbing story has vivid characters and a clever plot that moves forward at an exciting pace. Dark, thrilling, suspenseful and macabre, this is not a story for the faint-hearted - those with dentist phobias should read with caution!