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'My father, that stern and upright man, was nothing but a swindler and a thief!'





What is the matter with old Mr Jones? Endless footsteps and low groans can be heard from his room in the dead of night. Only his son William knows the a terrible secret: his father betrayed his business partner Mr Diamond, and swindled him out of a great ...

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John Diamond

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Overview

'My father, that stern and upright man, was nothing but a swindler and a thief!'





What is the matter with old Mr Jones? Endless footsteps and low groans can be heard from his room in the dead of night. Only his son William knows the a terrible secret: his father betrayed his business partner Mr Diamond, and swindled him out of a great fortune. William resolves to go to London, find Mr Diamond and make amends. But the murky big city, with its sinister characters and treacherous back streets, is no place for a boy of twelve. And Mr Diamond's own son is not the sort of person to forgive and forget. Danger and deceit lie waiting...





BACKSTORY: Find out more about the wonderful author and learn some Cockney rhyming slang!





Turn to page 123 for a terrifying encounter!



Unsettling words from his dying father set twelve-year-old William on a mission to eighteenth-century London where, in the course of searching for his father's mysterious business partner, he encounters an odd assortment of characters, some of whom seem determined to kill him.

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Twelve-year-old William Jones is determined to right a past wrong. When his dying father reveals the truth that he swindled his long-ago business partner, William knows he must find the mysterious Mr. Alfred Diamond and make peace with him. Traveling into the heart of London and meeting all sorts of shady characters, William discovers that his mission is not so simple. Not only is Mr. Alfred Diamond dead, but his only living son, John Diamond, is impossible to find. Meanwhile, a band of cutthroat thieves seems intent on killing young William. With the thrill of a detective novel and the suspense of mystery, William's adventure will keep young readers turning the pages. Colorful characters and a complicated plot add depth to this story, making it a good study for young writers honing their craft. 2001 (orig. 1980), Farrar Straus Giroux, $6.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448182466
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/6/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Leon Garfield was born in Brighton in 1921. He was the acclaimed author of more than thirty novels for children and adults including Devil in the Fog, winner of the inaugural Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 1967, The God Beneath the Sea, winner of the 1970 Carnegie Medal, and John Diamond, winner of the 1980 Whitbread literary award. He was also elected a member of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in 1996.

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