Wild Boy
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Wild Boy

Rob Lloyd Jones

This is a flendishly pacy mystery-adventure story for 9+ readers, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London.

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.

Dripping with atmosphere and gothic gore, Wild Boy will appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, gothic horror and all things murderous and mysterious.

Review

In 1840s London, the star attraction of a travelling freak show is Wild Boy, whose unfortunate appearance has condemned him to a miserable life of rejection and ridicule.

As Wild Boy plots his escape from this intolerable existence, he sharpens his Sherlock Holmes-like talent for observation and deduction. And when he’s wrongfully accused of murder and forced into a reluctant alliance with Clarissa, the feisty acrobat, his talent for reason becomes invaluable. While these two misfits attempt to clear their names by finding the murderer, they also discover friendship and acceptance.

This incredibly compelling mystery culminates in a dramatic and surprising twist that readers will love. This wonderful story will appeal to readers aged 9 and up and I suspect (and hope) that there will be further adventures involving Wild Boy and Clarissa. Highly recommended.


Athina Clarke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Malvern.

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