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When 13-year-old Lily's inventor father vanishes after a Zeppelin crash, Lily's determined to hunt down the truth behind his disappearance, helped by Robert, the local clockmaker's son, and her wily mechanical fox Malkin. But shadowy figures are closing in and treachery lurks among the smoky spires of London - along with a life-changing secret. Be swept away by airships and flabbergasted by dastardly plots in this extraordinary and wildly imaginative debut, bursting with invention and adventure.

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9781474915007
  • ISBN: 9781474915007
  • Pub Date: 1st September 2016
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 368

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This is Book 1 in the The Cogheart Adventures Series. See all The Cogheart Adventures books here.

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31st October '16
Tommyg read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
I really enjoyed this book and I cant wait to read the next book in the series, I don't think the picture on the front cover is very good and I think this might put people off. I think my cousin who is nearly 11 will enjoy it too.
15th October '17
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
Firstly i feel like i should start off by saying, wow. I mean seriously WOW. From the first sentence i could feel myself becoming hooked and suddenly i was completely enthralled by this enchanting story set in a world much like our own with a few major differences.

The bond between me and the characters was instantaneous! Peter has created a world and characters that literally come off the page, visualising them comes very naturally.

A world where Mechanicals and Mechanimals exist side by side against mankind, airships are the latest form of travel and set to the backdrop of a steampunk Victorian England. This is an England that is different to what England was like in the Victorian era but there are wonderful parallels that help our setting feel familiar and although there is the addition of things like Mechs and airships the premise and indeed the setting are very believable and you can feel yourself accepting everything you are reading.

We are introduced first to our protagonist's Father and the Mechanimal Malkin, Malkin is wonderful. He is a real pleasure to read about. 

I've spoken to Peter who said Malkin is his personal favourite of all his characters and i totally get why! That fox is awesome; he’s independent, protective and despite his mechanical disposition behaves like he is a real animal. Especially when it comes to chewing on things!

The story follows Lily, who is stuck at a stuffy prim boarding school. Lily is not like the other girls there, Lily enjoys reading penny dreadfuls and deeply dislikes her school. Our story begins when Lily's Father who we're introduced to at the very beginning goes missing and she has to return home.

This story is full of action, set against a fun and interesting backdrop, filled with interesting and unusual characters- this book has something for everyone and if you have one chance to read a book this year, make it Cogheart!

I would and have recommended this book to everyone i know, my Daddy loved it and says he wishes there had been a book like it when he was younger (not that his age prevented him from enjoying it today), my Mummy is also currently reading it. We have all said that once you pick it up, it is practically impossible to put it down! 


This book demands to be read.

Thank goodness there is a sequel.
5th March '17
Dolly2006 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
Future or past? Nobody knows! I absolutely love it!!!!!!!!!! (Sorry can't stop the boldness). I recommend it for over eight because I don't want anyone to miss this amazing book
15th November '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
Peter Bunzl creates likeable heroes and despicable villains in a fabulous adventure through a Steampunk Victorian England. Pacey, emotionally charged, and an ending that ensures all of the cogs are aligned. Can't wait to get this onto my school bookshelf and see if the children enjoy it as much as I did.
9th October '16
Elliemai read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
this book was fantastic and i cant wait to read the next book in the series
my favorite character was malkin he made me laugh
19th April '18
I read it to Dick Institute Chatterbooks aged 6 to 12
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
We read this book at our Chatterbooks meeting in the library. I couldn't put it down and was totally drawn in to the story from the very first page. The book was really imaginative and exciting and I think it would make a great movie.
Rory, age 10, thought the book was ahead of it's time and that the start was quite nerve racking.
Freya, age 11 loved all of it. "I really enjoyed all the plot twists and the description of the characters was great. I didn't expect most of the things in the book to happen. I thought it was a definite page turner."
12th November '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
I actually bought this for myself after reading reviews on here!  Perfect for older kids (or adults!) who like fantasy fiction, this is an exciting, engaging story.  Violent at time though so do beware.
26th July '17
Caoimhe read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
A brilliantly unpredictable adventure story. The mechanimals were an interesting idea. It was full of twists and turns, a real page-turner. 
18th January '17
Serafina Hills read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
Cogheart by Peter Bunzl is one of my favourite books and it would make a spectacular film. It's set in a different world; a world where mechs and mechanimals are everywhere and airships are the latest form of travel.
In this world, lives Lily-who goes to a posh boarding school but hates it and when she is meant to be balancing books on her head she reads penny dreadfuls in the corner. But one day, Lily's father goes missing and she has to hide away at home. However, her governess is behaving strangely; she's sending away all the mechs, looking through Lily's father's things and taking Lily's mother's possessions. So, when Lily get's locked in her room by her governess and gets her pet fox Malkin's message from Robert the clockmaker's son she sets off on the adventure of her lifetime with Robert and Malkin to find out what really happened to her father.
But who can she really trust?
It has to be one of the best books of last year. It switches between scenes so you can see how the characters come together. It even has a glossary at the back of curious words. I love how when you think everything is Ok, there's another unexpected problem to overcome. It's a brilliant steampunk book and I can't wait for the next one.
5th August '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
My oldest son, Casper, often recommends books to me; books he just can't stop talking about and books that "you have to read right now, Mum!"

Cogheart was one of Casper's recommendations back in December last year. I remember him telling me that he was so desperate to find out what happened next that he chose to read his book rather than watch the end of term DVD his teacher put on for the class. 

I was hooked as soon as I started reading Cogheart. I was drawn in by the descriptions of mechanical people and animals, living with and working for humans. And I think the fact that the bad guys aren't fully human added a sinister, more threatening, twist to the plot. 

Cogheart was action-packed, fast-paced and a delight to read. 
30th April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
Fantastic, Fantastic and Fantastic.  Cannot wait for the next one to come out.  Highly recommend this.
2nd September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
When Lily leaves her ghastly boarding school upon learning that her father is missing after his airship has crash-landed, little does she know what lies ahead…. Her mechanical pet fox is also missing and the housekeeper is running their house as if she owns it. 

Meanwhile, Malkin the mechanimal fox is desperately trying to avoid gun-toting men in shadows to get back to Lily with an important message. 

This is an adventure story set in Victorian times with the daring Lily and her new friend, watch-maker’s son Robert, taking great risks with their own and others’ lives as they try to unravel the mystery of her father’s disappearance and a missing box.

With a cast of humans, mechanicals and hybrids, heroes, traitors and villains, there is someone for everybody to enjoy!  I was really impressed with the way the mechanicals had emotions and could talk and think they would fascinate readers of about 8-12.

The setting and the pace of the book are great and, with its underlying clockwork theme, it had me gripped from start to finish.
2nd November '16
Dragonheart read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
I really loved this book, one of my all time favourites! I think the front cover was gripping and pulled me in immediately. The blurb was enticing and was almost whispering to me '' read on! '' 
I was really inspired by Lily's courage and loyalty to those that she loved, I admired her determination and felt so relieved  when I found out she hadn't really died. The villains creeped me out, they were really well thought out and blood-thirsty. I'm glad I wasnt in Robert or Lily's shoes at times. All in all Malkin was my fav. character, mainly because of the fact he was a talking animal and was quite brave in most ways. 
Overall I found this a really thrilling book and recommend it immensly!!! 
28th October '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to CharlieB9 aged 9 aged 9
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
Cogs and Chronometers, what an amazing book this is! It's a stunning tale of adventure and mystery set in a mechanical Victorian England. Lily, her new friend Robert and a mechanimal fox called Malkin are on the hunt for the truth after Lily's father disappears in strange circumstances. It's a gripping tale throughout with lots of unexpected twists and turns. We thoroughly enjoyed this book and would love to see a sequel from Peter Bunzl.
5th October '16
Elliemai read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
this book was fantastic i rally enjoyed reading about lilly and her adventures 
this book is set in victorian times but with a twist as there are lots of mechanicals doing the work rather than people
i really cant wait till the next book in the series to read more or lilly, robert and malkins adventures 
22nd October '16
I read it to Alexh aged 10 aged 10
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
I applied to review this book because I thought it would be a suitable one for by 10 year old grandson. He likes, mystery, magic and adventure – all contained in this book.

It is set in the Victorian era, before electricity and computers, where steam powers the world. Clockwork mechanisms are made by specialists, and wind up servants have been invented. There is a rumor that a perpetual motion machine exists, and someone is willing to kill to obtain it.
Lily, her friend Robert and her mechanical pet fox  Malkin are being pursued by evil villains who are after the machine, and involves many adventures, ending with an exciting air ship battle.
I liked the mechanical servants with their strange oaths – “Cogs and chronometers” – “Clockwork and cam-wheels” – “Steam and steel”. Lily thinks of them as her friends, they seem almost human, except they have to be wound up! She comments that humans have a soul, but you can’t take it out and inspect it, so why not robotic servants.
This is a story of adventure and suspense, a real page turner. In the end the perpetual motion machine is found in quite an unexpected place, and the villains defeated!
My grandson liked the book so much, he kept it for himself instead of donating it to the school library, it certainly had his seal of approval.
 
23rd September '16
AJH read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
This book instantly pulled me in and I began reading it at every free moment!
I liked this book as it was all about airships, robots and adventure. The main character was a girl called Lily who was the daughter of a mechanical engineer. He had invented the cog heart. The cog heart is a motion sensitive piece of engineering which when a heart is broken can be replaced with the cog heart.  Lily has a mechanical fox (made by her loving father to keep her company as she is an only child). Her mother is dead, killed in a road accident. Due to the unique of the cog heart it is highly sought after. Lily's father is kidnapped because some nasty hybrids Mr Mould and Mr Roach want the cogheart. Lily must on a daring adventure keeping her friends and fox close to her in an attempt to rescue her father.  This book is amazing!
6th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
An perfect blend of fantasy, mystery, adventure and some mechanimals thrown in for good measure, Peter Bunzl has worked wonders to create an unstoppable force of a book series. The prequel to Moonlocket, Cogheart is a phenomenal read, and I could not put it down. Perfect for those who like books with a good twist and a opening hook such as this one.
30th June '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
When Lily leaves her ghastly boarding school upon learning that her father is missing after his airship has crash-landed, little does she know what lies ahead…. Her mechanical pet fox is also missing and the housekeeper is running their house as if she owns it.
Meanwhile, Malkin the mechanimal fox is desperately trying to avoid gun-toting men in shadows to get back to Lily with an important message.
This is great adventure story set in Victorian times with the daring Lily and her new friend, watch-maker’s son Robert, taking great risks with their own and others’ lives as they try to unravel the mystery of her father’s disappearance and a missing box.
With a cast of humans, mechanicals and hybrids, heroes, traitors and villains, there is someone for everybody to enjoy!  I was really impressed with the way the mechanicals had emotions and could talk and I think they would fascinate readers of about 8-12.
The setting and the pace of the book are great and, with its underlying clockwork theme, it had me gripped from start to finish.
For a debut novel, this is astounding. 
31st August '18
Ivytheowl read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
If you are like me and love adventure stories with a fantasy element then this book is for you. It is set in London in 1896, but not as we know it. Airships are commonly used as transport and robot like creatures called mechs are used as servants. A girl called Lily is the main character, and her father is a famous inventor of mechanicals. When he goes missing shady characters start pursuing Lily and she needs all the help she can get from her friends, Robert the clockmaker's son and Malkin the mechanical fox to stay alive. But who is chasing Lily and what do they want?
The book is fast paced and has cliffhanger chapters that make you keep reading. I really liked the parallel world that Peter Bunzl created and Lily is a very likeable character. 
30th October '16
Elliemai read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
fantastic book brilliant story 
cant wait for next one in the series
would recommend to girls and boys aged 9 plus 
23rd October '16
clc read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Cogheart 9781474915007
5 stars
Cogheart is about a girl called Lily and a boy called Robert and a mechanimal fox. I liked this book because it was exciting. It had murder, mystery, chases and adventures. I don't think it's suitable for someone to read to a younger child but I loved it. Hopefully there will a new book soon. 
1st November '16
I read it to Belllboo aged 9 aged 9
Cogheart 9781474915007
4 stars
This is out first steampunk book, and the clock work devices are amazing.This book has two main characters and we easily felling on their story.  Cogheart is quite slow to begin with as we are learning about the world but soon picks up pace and becomes an exiting adventure.

Can't wait for book two in 2017.
1st June '16
Erythemis read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Cogheart 9781474915007
4 stars
Although books in the genres of adventure, mystery and fantasy often enjoy a wide amount of readers, steampunk stories have gained popularity in the recent years. I certainly have read many fascinating children’s novels that are part of the steampunk movement, such as Airborn, The Nine Pound Hammer, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Cogheart, Peter Bunzl’s fantastic debut, joins this list; it is a tale of courage, loyalty, and trust that many will enjoy.

If you enjoyed stories like the His Dark Materials series, and films by Miyasaki (Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, Porco Rosso, produced by Studio Ghibli), Cogheart is one you should definitely try your hands on. Bunzl’ debut is absolutely impressive—the writing, setting, the characters, the plot—all of it tells me that Bunzl will be an amazing writer to look out for.
1st May '17
Bookworm3 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Cogheart 9781474915007
4 stars
Cogheart is an adventure for any budding writers to go on. It gives you that rare,wonderful sensation that a series of amazing events is going to unfurl-but Cogheart gives you much,much more than that.It is also an insight into a world of heartfelt adventure. If I had to describe this book in three words, they would be:spine-tingling, adventure,heroic(in the sense of bravery and finding your true self in the toughest of times).I would recommend this novel to fans of emotional journeys, thrills and stunning page-turning reads.
6th August '16
Holly_Hart read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Cogheart 9781474915007
4 stars
A beautiful cover and the promise of an adventure.
My just-turned-12 year old daughter found it a little difficult to get into at first, but that is because it started in the action, which I personally enjoyed when I had a quick look (I have to say she found The Northern Lights difficult to get into, which then went on to become one of her favourite books). It then jumped to a school scene, and a girl, which was a little confusing, as it said she had a fake surname, but the teacher had already called her by her proper name? Anyhow, it does look well written, and the main character seemed delightfully wilful. We have decided to buy a copy when it is released, so my daughter can read it properly in its final format. Also so I can - my interest was definitely piqued by the clockwork fox in the part I read. I need to know if it got to wherever it was going before it's wind ran out! And what was in the bag around its neck...
It's well written and seems very different, which is why we have given it a 4, hoping to re-review and bump it up to a 5 when we read the final version - Butterfly Hartley x
15th November '16
I read it to Jim-bob aged 11 aged 11
Cogheart 9781474915007
4 stars
This book has well described characters and an exciting plot. and we are enjoying reading the story together. Malkin the mechanical fox is a different character and one we are getting to love!
4th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Cogheart 9781474915007
4 stars
I initially found this book quite difficult to get into because of the initial theme- I had never read a book similar to this one before. However, after a few pages I was hooked on the book. I enjoyed learning about the characters and their relationships despite some being mechanical. It was heart-warming, and relatable, to learn about Lily's thoughts on her Pa and how much she missed him.  This book has a great story line with lots of unexpected twists and turns- I would definitely recommend. 
5th October '16
TommyZoom42 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Cogheart 9781474915007
3 stars
Vivid and gripping... a beautifully-drawn world and delicate detailing, as finely wrought as a watch's workings.
1st November '16
Flutegirl read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Cogheart 9781474915007
2 stars
I didn't like this book, so I haven't finished it.
I thought it had to many explanations in it, and the author tended to use words like "lily said" a lot, rather than a mix of Lily's and she's. I did like some aspects of it, such as the clockwork creatures, but it wasn't really my kind of book. Since I didn't like it, I'm not sure what age I would recommend this for, but do try it, as you might enjoy it.
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About Peter Bunzl

Peter Bunzl grew up in London and lives there with his partner Michael. He is a BAFTA-award-winning animator, as well as a writer and filmmaker. Cogheart is Peter's debut novel....

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