The Lost Property Office (Section 13 #1) (Hardcover)

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The Lost Property Office is a fantasy rich in history. Built around a secret organization underpinning the British Commonwealth  its appealing lead character, Jack Buckles, is a thirteenth (an ominous number) generation tracker, an ability grounded in having the condition of synesthesia, sensory overlap. Trackers put synesthesia to magical use, 'sparking' off objects containing minerals, such as stone walls touched by others in the past so that they can see what happened in the past, becoming high powered detectives. The author has synesthesia himself and the book carries with it a remarkable breakneck pace, filled with dynamic sensory images. The fast pace, tight focus, intriguing secrets, strong characters, engaging villain, and all around excitement make The Lost Property Office an exceptionally appealing reading experience.

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James R. Hannibal presents a thrilling adventure through history, complete with mysteries, secret items, codes, and a touch of magic in this stunning middle grade debut.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace.

But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance.

Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?

About the Author

James R. Hannibal is no stranger to deep dark secrets or hunting bad guys, having served in the US Air Force as a stealth bomber pilot and a Predator mission commander. Like Jack Buckles, James “suffers” from synesthesia, an intersection of the senses that was once considered a mental illness and often causes hyperobservance. If you bake him a cake, he might tell you that it smells blue and sticky—and you should take it as a compliment. You can learn more at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481467094
ISBN-10: 1481467093
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Section 13