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The book “The Squirrel Machine” by Hans Rickheit is nothing for tenderhearted individuals. The story revolves around the relationship and olden days of brothers Edmund and William Torpor. In a fictional New England town in the 19th century they lose the public’s respect when they reveal their new musical instruments. The two brothers are very gifted for inventions and decide to turn their skills to making instruments out of scavenged animal carcasses.  The recrimination of upset habitants of the city forces the inventors to conceal their vocation and continue their craft underground. During this process they make a discovery, which might divine the secret of The Squirrel Machine.