Freaks by Kieran Larwood


Written by Kieran Larwood

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April 2012 Debut of the Month and Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011.

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This well-written and action-packed debut is even being considered the new Harry Potter for its originality but we'd say X-Men meets Oliver Twist with a whiff of Lemony Snicket thrown in is a more accurate placement. It's a terrific romp of an adventure set in Victorian London and featuring a band of talented misfits, who at night are a Victorian sideshow, but by day they are a band of crime fighters who put their extraordinarily special talents to good use by solving the monstrous mysteries that surround their every move in grimy London.

Meet Sheba, the wolf girl; Sister Moon who is faster than the eye can see and Monkeyboy, the human stink bomb. Be an early adopter and read Freaks before it becomes a bestseller!

A message from Barry Cunningham, Publisher of Freaks: I loved the way this book smells! You can practically inhale the strange aromas of stinky streets, rotting rivers and slimy villains. You will find your nose twitching as the story of the most amazing misfit crime fighters unfurls in your hands. Freaks is the worthy winner of this year's Times/Chicken House new writers' competition. Kieran Larwood has created one of the best new stories of the year!

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Muncle Trogg - Janet Foxley

Flood Child - Emily Diamand

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Freaks by Kieran Larwood

The Freaks are a band of misfits, trapped in a nightly Victorian sideshow but by day they are something entirely different.


“the most original central characters…it rose to the top.” - Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, a judge of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

“A really exciting debut full of mystery, adventure and dark humour” - The Bookseller

About the Author

Kieran Larwood

Kieran Larwood is the author of Freaks and was the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011.

Kieran is one of only two male Reception class teachers on the Isle of Wight.

His days mainly consist of singing nursery rhymes, tying shoelaces, trying to locate who has had an ‘accident’ by sense of smell alone, and vast, endless mountains of paperwork.

Kieran graduated from Southampton University with a degree in English and also did a foundation year at Falmouth College of Art. Ever since he first read The Hobbit at age six, he has been passionate about stories and storytelling.

Kieran lives with his family on the Isle of Wight. It is his dream to write full time and leave the ‘accidents’ to someone else.

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Publication date

5th April 2012




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