Reader Reviewed Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

Wild Boy

Written by Rob Lloyd Jones

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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 9-11 category This is a fiendishly pacy mystery-adventure story for 9+ readers, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London. Dripping with atmosphere and gothic gore, Wild Boy will appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, gothic horror and all things murderous and mysterious.


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Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Abbie Roberts, age 10 - 'Wild Boy is a wonderful book filled with adventure and mystery and with really great characters.  I highly recommend that you read it!'
  • Violet Mackintosh - 'I strongly recommend this book as a thrilling adventure mystery. Be careful once you have picked this book up - you will not be able to put it down before you finish!'
  • Sam Harper, age 9 - 'If you like exciting adventures and mysteries I am sure that you will love the story of Wild Boy!'
  • Khushi Gupta - 'I would give this book 9/10 because of its fantastic description, mystery and red herrings.'
  • Ciaran Doyle, age 12 - 'Wild Boy is a brilliant book about a horrendous freak, covered in head to toe in hair, with large, scary, green eyes.'


Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

A boy covered in hair, raised as a monster, condemned to life in a travelling freak show. A boy with an extraordinary power of observation and detection. A boy accused of murder; on the run; hungry for the truth. Behold the savage spectacle of Wild Boy. Ladies and Gentlemen, take your seats. The show is about to begin!

It is the first novel from a confident new voice in children's fiction.


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A gripping murder mystery * Sunday Express * Dripping with atmosphere and gothic gore, Wild Boy will appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, gothic horror and all things murderous and mysterious. -- Julia Eccelshare * * Freak shows, mysteries and intrigue, what's not to love? A brilliantly imagined historical adventure * TBK Magazine * Mixing mystery with action, adventure and history and the creepy backdrop of the fairground, this book will hook young readers from the first page * We Love This Book * A brilliant thrilling detective book with a great new twist. Excellently told, it grabs you from the start. A must read. * * A pleasingly pacy and atmospheric historical romp. * Booktrust * An engaging tale unlike anything else out there at the moment. * Serendipity Reviews * This was a great read and I want/need a sequel...Because I don't want to let Wild Boy go yet... * The Pewter Wolf * I loved the way the book finished and I will be buying the next Rob Lloyd Jones book in this series. * Moloney King * A fiendishly pacy mystery-adventure story * Lytham St Annes Express * A really enjoyable read * Overflowing Library * An epic debut start * Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books * It had me completely hooked from beginning to end and I loved every moment of it * BookZone4Boys * I started reading this book and it immediately felt like my heart had been stolen by Wild Boy * Fluttering Butterflies * I loved every minute * Big Book Little Book * A pacy, atmospheric and thrilling adventure * Metro * His eventful life will mesmerise boys in particular. * Times * There is plenty of excitement and scary moment in this atmospheric, though provoking full length novel for older, capable readers. * Primary Times * The story takes off like a rocket * The Times Book of the Week * good fun and jolly hair-raising. * The Times Book of the Week * An atmosphere=packed, pacy, mystery-adventure story for readers aged nine and older . . . this has appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, gothic horror and all things murderous and mysterious * Lytham St Annes Press * An exciting adventure mystery set in 1940s London . . . period details are used effectively o create a historically authentic atmosphere * Carousel * A delicious romp of a story where circus life is described in all its seedy, Victorian glory. -- Emma Carroll * The Guardian * Set in the Victorian underworld, this is a gripping mystery with Shades of Sherlock Holmes. * The Week Junior *

About the Author

Rob Lloyd Jones

Rob Lloyd Jones never wanted to be a writer when he grew up. He wanted to be a fireman. Or a polar explorer. Or a deep-sea diver. And sometimes a pirate too. But, when it came down to it, he didn’t much like fire, or ice, or sharks, or even swords. So he decided to write about them instead. Since then, he’s written several books on subjects ranging from animals at war to the history of Islam. He loves it. But he still dreams about being a fireman.

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Book Info


304 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 12 years


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd January 2014




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