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NC Literary Hall of Fame





Hillsborough’s John Claude Bemis, a musician and former elementary school teacher, writes for young readers. He engages them with imaginative magical fantasy. His latest, Out of Abaton: The Wooden Prince, takes the classic puppet-turning-into-real-boy story of Pinocchio into a wild adventure. Master Geppetto is a brilliant inventor, on the run, being hunted down as a traitor to the emperor. Pinocchio is more than a marionette. He is an “automa,” which is a wooden mechanical servant that obeys, without question, the commands of its owner. Like the classical Pinocchio, this automa may be turning into a human. This book is wonderfully complicated and stimulating.

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