The Cabinet of Wonders: The Kronos Chronicles: Book I

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8X4.970924

Marie Rutkoski's startling debut novel, the first book in the Kronos Chronicles, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism.

Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it's never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world's finest astronomical clock. Petra's life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home – blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn't know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father's eyes back. Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father's clock has powers capable of destroying their world.

The Cabinet of Wonders is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on August 5, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374310262
ISBN-13: 9780374310264
6 Book Reviews
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  • lolo2006
    lolo2006Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm55 stars
    Amazing debut!!!
    • lolo2006
      lolo2006Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5:13 pm55 stars
      This book By Marie Rutkoski is an exciting and entertaining debut!
      • knightowls
        Ms. KnightThursday, October 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm55 stars
        This is an exciting book full of magic! It highlights the power of love and the strength of human spirit.
        • cerulian
          cerulianThursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:24 am
          Petra Kronos and her pet mechanical spider, Astrophil embark on a quest full of danger, strange encounters, and quick thinking. It all begins when Petra's father, who is able to move metal with his mind, is called upon by the Prince of Bohemia. The Prince wants Petra's father's eyes so that he can wear them and use them to build an astronomical clock! Petra's life is changed when she sees her father come home blind. Determined to steal back her father's eyes from prince of Bohemia, Petra and Astrophil embark on a quest to Salamander Castle! The are in for quite a journey... along with some trouble...
          • katenkids
            Kelly SeperackTuesday, March 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm55 stars
            Petra's journey amazed all of us and made us want to read more of her adventures.
            • rubybaby24
              rubybaby24Monday, January 2, 2012 at 6:09 am
              It's about a girl who wants to have a adventure. It's a adventuress book filled with mystics and magic you should totally read it!!!!!!