Wild Boy

Written by Rob Lloyd Jones

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LoveReading View on Wild Boy

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.

Wild Boy Synopsis

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.

Wild Boy 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 Press Reviews

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406354096
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406341386
Publication date: 04/04/2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406341386
Publication date: 4th April 2013
Author: Rob Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 312 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About 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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