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April 2013 Debut of the Month 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.
Behold the savage spectacle of the wild boy - one penny a kick! Wild Boy has been covered in hair since birth; he's the missing link, a monster, a sideshow spectacle. Condemned to life in a travelling freakshow, excluded from society and abused by his master, he takes refuge in watching people come and go at the fair - and develops a Sherlock Holmes style talent for observation and detection. But when there's a murder, suspicion turns on Wild Boy, and he and the feisty redhaired acrobat Clarissa Everett find themselves on the run from a London-wide manhunt. Together, the detective and the acrobat must solve clues to identify the real killer, confronting the sinister underside of scientific advancement and the darkness of Wild Boy's own nature.
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.
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 Lovereading4kids.co.uk
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. Writing.ie
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, good fun and jolly hair-raising. The Times Book of the Week
It's a truly imaginative book that will enthrall the reader. For those who like mystery, this book is a must-read Western Daily Press (Bristol)
A thoroughly gripping detective story that reveals the nature of true friendship CBI Recommended Reads 2013
It was not only the mystery that made it so exciting, but also all the information about London in the nineteenth century ... I just couldn't put it down Guardian Children's Books
|Publication date:||4th April 2013|
|Author:||Rob Lloyd Jones|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
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.More About Rob Lloyd Jones
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