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Tom Falconer is in trouble. Pursued by the notorious criminal Ratsey, Tom soon finds himself alone and hungry on the streets of London. Luckily enough, the mysterious Dr. Mobius soon recruits Tom to play an important role in a play to be performed in front of Queen Elizabeth. Tom knows there’s something not right about Mobius, but he’s willing to take a risk in order to keep his neck out of Ratsey’s murderous hands. Little does Tom realize that Mobius’s dark secret will trap him in the middle of an international ...
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Tom Falconer is in trouble. Pursued by the notorious criminal Ratsey, Tom soon finds himself alone and hungry on the streets of London. Luckily enough, the mysterious Dr. Mobius soon recruits Tom to play an important role in a play to be performed in front of Queen Elizabeth. Tom knows there’s something not right about Mobius, but he’s willing to take a risk in order to keep his neck out of Ratsey’s murderous hands. Little does Tom realize that Mobius’s dark secret will trap him in the middle of an international conspiracy, holding the fate of the English empire in his hands.

In 1593, thirteen-year-old Tom travels through the English countryside to London, where he falls in with a troupe of actors and finds himself in great danger from several sources.

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Editorial Reviews

Tom Falconer has nothing to lose, so when a mysterious nobleman....offers to take him to London, Tom never looks back...The action is fast and furious as Tom dodges the highwayman and the hangman before discovering his true royal identity.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
British novelist and screenwriter Horowitz enjoys history. It's obvious in this peripatetic tale of Elizabethan times seen through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Tom Falconer. The orphan Tom is rescued from his dogsbody job in a nasty country inn by a mysterious nobleman, only to have his protector murdered by the highwayman Ratsey. Tom must make his way to London on his own steam, where a variety of lowlifes take advantage of him before his true nature--and his true protectress--come to the fore. Kids should be fascinated by Horowitz's telling details of sixteenth-century life in England, from the sewers running through the streets to the maiming of children for use in the begging industry. 1998, Philomel, Ages 10 to 14, $16.99. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr—Children's Literature
To quote KLIATT's May 2000 review of the hardcover edition: Orphaned young Tom Falconer, age 13, is an innkeeper's assistant in Framingham, England in 1593. It's a pretty miserable existence, abruptly interrupted when a lawman sent by the queen mysteriously appears to take Tom away to London...In the course of his adventures there, he happens to see one of Shakespeare's plays, and is immediately enchanted by the world of the theater. When he is offered a chance to be an actor, he seizes it, though the other people involved with the production of "The Devil and His Boy" seem shifty. They are to perform for Queen Elizabeth, and at the performance Tom realizes they mean to kill her. He bravely flings himself in front of the queen to save her, but his actions are misconstrued; he is rescued from the gallows in the nick of time by his friends. It turns out that he is the queen's illegitimate grandson (a possibility based on a historical rumor reported by Elizabeth herself, as the author discusses in an Afterword), and Tom ends up happily joining Shakespeare's company. This is a funny and suspenseful tale, full of intriguing details of the time and place. It offers rollicking, often fanciful fun (one minor character is a talking cat), despite the inclusion of some rather gory details...It will please YAs who like their historical fiction leavened with humor. Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1998, Penguin, Puffin, 184p., Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101175415
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/11/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 757,195
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • File size: 212 KB

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm.
Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded
by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson."
What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says— so an aura of suspicion and
mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy,
withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and
then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found.
That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother,
whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character,
was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and
worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories
running into the thousands…. I was an astoundingly large, round child…." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school,
a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school
itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster
told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas
games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up
tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for
Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift — it provided him with rich source material
for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now
watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old
psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers
(sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden
age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."

Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most
average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using
his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled
Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the
deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an
expendable asset.

The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the
recent Eagle Strike.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age
of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books,
he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most
. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has
just finished production. And…oh yes…there are more Alex Rider
novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    One of the best I have read

    The story line was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    An outstanding book!

    The Devil and His Boy by Anthony Horowitz even thought fiction has some history behind it. The main characters were all real people, but the plot line is fiction. Tom Falconer has been an orphan all his life. What good could come out of him? Something that would change history! Taken away by one of Queen Elizabeth¿s officials to London, Tom befriends a pickpocketer, almost gets his legs cut off, and is chased by a highway man who is trying to kill Tom. That is just the beginning of his troubles. Tom joins the Garden Players, an acting group that is scheduled to perform in front of the queen. Tom thinks that the play is going to go perfect until he finds out a plot to kill the queen. This book is one of Anthony Horowitz¿s better books. This book will keep you wanting to read it and not want to put it down. This book has suspense and action two things that make and outstanding book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

    Great book!!

    ¿Tom thought hard. What did he want to do? Here he was in London, the greatest city in the world. He could be anything he wanted to be.¿ In one of his best books, The Devil and His Boy, Horowitz captures reader¿s minds as they learn about a poor boy named Tom. As the main character of this book, he faces very real lessons and dangers. This book also shows a lot about what one might expect to see in London. Back in the times of Queen Elizabeth and the gun powder plot that is! To be exact, the book takes place in the year 1593. Just a chapter or two into this book and the reader will get a clear picture of Tom Falconer¿s wayward life. As a young thirteen year old with no parents, his life is not nice or even decent, to say the least. Quickly Horowitz brings mysterious visitors, highwaymen, and a journey into London into the plot. The mix of several events happening quickly is sure enough to get even a person who despises books to read on. As Tom finally makes it to London, he expects his troubles to be over. However, he finds old problems and new ones coming closer and closer. For those of you who really read closely, you will notice a ¿take off¿ if you will of Shakespeare¿s famous line, ¿To be or not to be.¿ Driven by the fact that he wants to escape his old troubles, and his starving, he joins up with a Doctor Mobius in a play. Tom knows Mobius doesn¿t seem genuine, but he needs work. Shortly after Tom is in the play, he learns of an international conspiracy that could even topple English rule! In parts like these, I feel glued to the book and I can almost see all the action in my head, showing Horowitz¿s great character development. This book is great for any kind of reader. Weather you love to read or don¿t, you just can¿t help yourself but to turn the page and keep reading. Horowitz does a great job of balancing out the action. Just enough action happens to keep the reader happy and going. No part of this book is dull at all, and it is suitable for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    The Death Trap

    Tom Falconer is on the streets of London. He is hungry and poor. Tom is being stalked by Ratsey, a well known troublemaker. Ratsey has a history of murdering. Tom is trying to stay away from his so he doesn¿t get caught up in Ratsey¿s mischief. In doing so he finds himself working for Dr. Mobies. Tom¿s job is to perform in a play in front of the Queen of England. He knows there is something suspicious about Dr. Mobies and soon finds himself in a world of trouble. You¿ll have to read this book, The Devil and his Boy by Anothy Hortzwitz to find out about Tom and the trouble he gets in to. Overall the book was decent. I think that it might have been a little easy for me. Another thing I didn¿t like was that the book was slow. It was hard to keep focus throughout the book. The narrator was pretty easy to follow. I could understand the way he felt about the characters. This book isn¿t part of a series although it is like many other of Anothy¿s books. Some examples are the Alex Rider series. The kind of people that would like this book are people that are mostly good but like a little danger once in a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    The dark lord and his son

    My book was a two. It wasn¿t that great. There are some boring and confusing parts in the book. The night was dark and it grew colder and colder. The black rider entered the small town. He was a tall dark man. He looked like he would kill anyone that stood between and what he wanted. He rode put to the bar and inn. It was very hard to miss him because he was so tall and scary. He dressed in a huge black coat. It looked like a hit man coat. He looked rich for those days. He told the horse boy to feed and take care of his horse. He said if something happened to his horse he would blame him. Then, he walked into the inn. Right away people felt an evil presents when he walked in. the owner asked if he would be spending the night and if he would be eating anything. He said he would spend the night and would take some rabbit. He also wanted clean sheets. Back then they washed them every six to seven times. So it was good if you got clean sheets. The rider went to the room and waited for his food. A little bit past and he came out and ate. He was interested in the horse boy, Tom. His mom and dad were dead and he was all alone. But he also wanted to buy him. He asks how much he cost. Why does he want to know how mach Tom cost? Is this rider the devil? Is Tom the devil¿s son? You will find out when you read the devil and his boy. As far as I know this has no second book. It is a one story book. Boys will like this a lot more than girls in my opinion. Anthony Horowitz has written many better books like the rider series. But whatever you read I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Full of acion

    The book The Devil and his Boy was a great book. The reason being is because the author Anthony Horowitz makes the book non-stop action and the book also makes you think why did the character do that and who is this person? This book is about an orphan named Tom. Tom ends up on a long adventure. He meets some new friends along the way and makes some new enemies. The end of the book is very surprising you would have never expect it. All and all this book was very well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    An Interesting Mix

    After reading the compelling book, The Devil and His Boy, by Anthony Horowitz, I found myself in a whole new world. In the story you follow an orphan boy named Tom Falconer around on his strange and contemplative journey that he is practically unaware of. I found this story line had many different genres that are all apealing to an average readers mind. Action, tear-jerkers,horror, mystery, and plenty of moments when you just feel you can totally relate. I recommend this story to all people who enjoy the previous topics because this story, based in Mid-Evil times is one that you will never forget due to its ending. Join Tom's world and experience all of his adventures right along with him, including meeting the Queen of England, Elizabeth I!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    Keeps you interested!

    After reading the enchanting book, The Devil and His Boy, I was sure that this book had all the key elements that a great story needs. It had a tear-jerker, and mystery, and plenty of action. I recommend this book to all people who are interested in the previous topics I just discussed. You follow around an orphan boy named Tom in his journey to survive in London after a spy of the queen takes him from his abusive home and is killed along the way. Your there when he meets frineds who help him stay alive, and when people he thinks are his friends betray him. Most interesting of all, you are there when he meets his grandmother for the first time, and is no other than Queen Elizabeth I. I invite you to follow along on all the adventures that this story potrays by reading the outstanding book, The Devil and His Boy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2000

    Witty and thrilling - a superb historical novel from Horowitz!

    After such great children's books as 'Granny', 'Groosham Grange' and 'The Switch', Anthony Horowitz has now turned to the Elizabethan age for his latest work. Packed full of wonderful description of the period, which he obviously researched superbly, this book will transform any child's perception of what they may have thought of as a boring period in history. It brings the time and the characters of the time (including Queen Elizabeth herself and Shakespeare!) to life and makes them seem fun and interesting in much the same way as 'Shakespeare in Love' did at the cinemas recently. The characters are brilliantly depicted and children will identify with both Tom and Moll as well as laugh at some of the great villains and revolting adults that Horowitz is so good at creating. I have recently read the story to my Year 6 class (11 year olds) and I could not get them to go home! They always wanted me to read on and adored every minute of it. Probably Horowitz's best book yet - many of the children certainly thought so. Extremely well written and reminiscent of Dickens at times. We successfully turned the story into a play, which we performed at school at the end of July 1999 - it made a wonderful play too! Someone should make a film of this book! Horowitz is truly the master of children's fiction today.

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