A review by tcbueti
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander


This was very original, blending steampunk details with a new take on Baba Yaga/Fagin who commands pigeons to do her bidding, goblins who have changed from people, forbidden plays and magic masks.

Rownie (little Rowan) lives with Gaba and her other orphans, running errands and surviving her almost benign neglect. His older brother Rowan is missing, and Rownie stumbles across some goblin players who know him and also want to find him. He is intrigued by their art and sense of community, so unlike Graba’s scrabbling “grandchildren”. Will they help him find Rowan? Will they get caught by the mayor’s clockwork guard? Or by the greedy Graba? Will the river flood them out?

Masks give courage?