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Gr 5-8

British author Tom Becker has created a nifty horror tale (Orchard, 2008) that will appeal to fans of Darren Shan. Jonathan Starling, 14, knows his way around the streets of London. His father battles periods of mental illness-darkening-and Jonathan is left to fend for himself. When the teen is chased by a sweet-smelling, orange-haired bounty hunter, he unwittingly discovers Darkside, an alternative London where werewolves, faeries, and vampires roam the Victorian streets. He meets Carnegie, a werewolf detective with a heart of gold, and they discover Jonathan is part darkside. Some issues are resolved, but sequels to this novel have already been published in Britain. Narrator Colin Moody paces the story well and gives each character a unique personality. The story is spooky enough to intrigue older listeners but gentle enough for youngsters who prefer their stories with shivers.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781743173954
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Picture a windy dark night. The rain is hammering against the house. The lights are flickering from the wind pounding the power lines. The rest of the house is asleep. The clock slowly inches towards 2:00am. <BR/><BR/>Does that catch your attention? Well, I had to set the mood for how I found myself last night with the horrible weather and DARKSIDE in my hands. I had spent the better part of the day in bed with a migraine. So, finally feeling better, the rest of the family was asleep, and I was wide awake. And in more ways than one. <BR/><BR/>DARKSIDE had my pulse racing from page one, and with the weather conditions going on outside, I wasn't sure if I should keep reading or put the book down and wait until the sun came out the next day. But I was already wrapped up in the developing story of Jonathan Starling and his journey to Darkside. <BR/><BR/>Jonathan is fourteen, a loner, and can pretty much do as he pleases. His father is often hospitalized for what he calls "the darkening," leaving Jonathan to fend for himself. After his father's latest hospital admission, Jonathan and their neighbor, Mrs. Elwood, venture off to find Carnegie. <BR/><BR/>Jonathan has never heard of this Mr. Carnegie before, and Mrs. Elwood is evasive. Driving toward the Thames River, Mrs. Elwood's car is attacked. The passenger door is literally ripped off the side of the car. Mrs. Elwood tells Jonathan to run, and the heart-pounding adventure begins. <BR/><BR/>Jonathan has investigated his father's study (which he has usually found locked) and discovered references to this Darkside. His father has never mentioned it before, and Jonathan can only surmise it is the reason behind his dad's illness. Following hints he's uncovered, he is able to find his way to Darkside and to the well known Mr. Carnegie. <BR/><BR/>Darkside is the opposite of Lightside, or the world as we know it. Darkside is the meanest, vilest parts of London. Inhabited by the likes of weremen, vampires, and the progeny of Jack the Ripper, Jonathan is forced to survive if he has any hope of helping his dad recover from his latest hospital admission. <BR/><BR/>Mr. Becker has written a fast-paced, page-turning adventure. I am not usually a fan of the fantasy genre, but I was pulled into the action of the book from the first page. The story is a bit graphic in the descriptions of Darkside, so the younger reader should be warned. But the book was quite thrilling and the ending has been left open for more adventures featuring Jonathan and Carnegie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    An Easy, Fast-Paced Read

    Though the reading level is lower than my usual choices, I was still very pleased with this book. The author keeps the story interesting and intertwines mystery and suspense without leaving a massive cliffhanger at the end. It was well-executed and held together from start to finish. Excitement, fun, and suspense await anyone who reads!!! I can't wait for the next books in this amazingly thorough series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011


    i loved this book!! it is a very good book for people who like things scary, like me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008


    I thought this book was scary because there was a lot of creapy things that went on. Thsi boy in London falls apon one of Londons greatest features Darkside. He enters this so called Darkside and he can't find his way out. there is monsters all around and he thiknds he sees a lot but he doesnT know there are more hidding. All he knows is that he has to make it back out into the Lightside of London but he doesn't know the way. To find out if he makes it back out to the Lightside of London you will have t oread the book.

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