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When weird things start happening around him, Darkus Knighty puts his mind to trying to find out why. Since the detective business is in his blood that is not really a surprise but, since his father has been in a coma for four years, he has had to learn all he needs to know on his own. When his father makes a miraculous recovery, he soon realises that Darkus can do with some help. Soon, father and son are trying to work out why a best selling book is creating such a stir and whether the very unusal things that are happpning are linked to the Combination? Darkus’s sharp mind helps unravel the clues in this surprising and entertaining detective novel. ~ Julia Eccleshare
For your budding detective there is a fantastic Knightley and Son quest pack which accompanies the book, full of puzzles to solve and codes to crack - you can download it here! And also have a look at the Reading Guide which has some great ideas for discussion points from the book and creative activities - see the tab right.
Meet Knightley and Son - two great detectives for the price of one ...Darkus Knightley is not your average thirteen-year-old: ferociously logical, super-smart and with a fondness for tweed, detective work is in his blood. His dad Alan Knightley was London's top private investigator and an expert in crimes too strange for Scotland Yard to handle, but four years ago the unexplained finally caught up with him - and he fell into a mysterious coma. Darkus is determined to follow in his father's footsteps and find out what really happened. But when Alan suddenly wakes up, his memory is wonky and he needs help. The game is afoot for Knightley & Son - with a mystery that gets weirder by the minute, a bestselling book that makes its readers commit terrible crimes, and a sinister organisation known as the Combination...
A funny, warm, fantastical crime caper with an unlikely hero and a brilliant comic cast, perfect for fans of Sherlock and criminally good storytelling.
ROHAN GAVIN ON WRITING KNIGHTLEY AND SON This book was inspired by many of the things that excited me as a child and still excite me now. I wanted to try and combine some of the genres I loved (suspense, fantasy, comedy) into one story. It probably started with my love of Roald Dahl's Danny Champion of the World, which for me is still the most heartwarming father-son relationship I've ever read. I particularly like the idea of the fantasies we create around our parents when we're yound - and in Knightley & Son, Darkus's fantasy of his father actually turns out to be real. Everyone has complicated relationships with their parents, who can be both incredibly inspiring and incredibly frustrating at the same time - so I thought this could be an interesting basis for a series. I then immersed myself in detective fiction, as I knew quite quickly that the glue that would hold the book together was that both father and son were detectives - the irony of the story being that young Darkus, having read his father's journals, is now a better detective than his father, which means they're suddenly dependent on each other and closer than they've ever been before.
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||5th November 2015|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Humorous, Thrillers|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Rohan Gavin is an author and screenwriter based in London. He is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and his enduring love of detective fiction, cars and conspiracy theories inspired him to write this book, the first in a series. Rohan is the son of award-winning children's author Jamila Gavin, and he recently became a father himself. A Q&A with Rohan Gavin1. Whate are your 5 favourite books, and why?Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl -- as mentioned already, it’s a brilliant depiction of a father and son, and the dreams of adventure that ...More About Rohan Gavin
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