By Mathias Malzieu
Edinburgh, 1874. Born with a frozen center, Jack is close to loss of life while his mom abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch physician, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by way of putting a cuckoo clock in his chest. And it really is in her orphanage that Jack grows up between tear-filled flasks, eggs containing stories, and a guy with a musical spine.
As Jack will get older, Dr. Madeleine warns him that his middle is just too fragile for robust feelings: he mustn't ever, ever fall in love. And, in fact, this is often precisely what he does: on his 10th birthday and with head-over-heels abandon. the item of his ardor is omit Acacia—a bespectacled younger road performer with a soul-stirring voice. yet now Jack’s lifestyles is doubly at risk—his center is at risk and so is his safeguard after he injures the college bully in a struggle for the affections of the attractive singer.
Now starts a trip of get away and pursuit, from Edinburgh to Paris to overlook Acacia’s domestic in Andalusia. Mathias Malzieu’s The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a fantastical, wildly creative story of affection and heartbreak—by turns poignant and funny—in which Jack eventually learns the nice joys, and finally the higher charges, of possessing a completely shaped heart.
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