Murder mystery meets carnival flair in a rollicking Victorian adventure centered on a boy with a unique appearance — and unique gifts.
In the seedy underworld of Victorian London, a boy is born and abandoned. Snatched up by an unscrupulous and abusive showman, Wild Boy, covered in hair from head to toe, becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and wickedly abused by the cruel master who bought him, Wild Boy becomes an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes–like deductive skills. Although he is tormented and insulted, kicked and spat at, his quick mind takes in everything he sees. When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is hastily accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself? And will the talented and spunky young acrobat Clarissa be with him — or against him? Readers will be swept along by the cinematic pace, immersed in the vivid historical setting, and gripped by suspense as they wait to find out if a better fate could possibly await someone so very different.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||10 Years|
About the Author
Rob Lloyd Jones is the author of more than thirty books, primarily historical nonfiction and adaptations of classic literature. He writes for television and is a senior editor at Usborne. Rob Lloyd Jones lives in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Freak Show and a Murder Mystery Premise: Wild Boy is a freak. Born fully covered in long brown hair, he has no future except as a freak show oddity in the circus. When he and a fellow circus star are accused of murder, they must find the real killer to clear their names. Three adjectives that describe this book: gritty, exciting, memorable Wild Boy Book Review: Rob Lloyd Jones has combined some seriously interesting elements in this terrific novel. The main characters of Wild Boy and Clarissa are wonderfully crafted and deliciously complex. The struggles of both will stick with me for a long time - Wild Boy is mocked and abused, relegated to life as an outsider just because of how he looks. How can you view yourself as anything but worthless when people can pay a penny to kick you, and even your guardians call you Monster? The setting of Victorian London was the perfect backdrop for this gritty story. Our characters tromp through the dark reaches of society - alleys, sewers, circuses, and even The Tower of London. This is no glorified, upper class society. I found it wholly engrossing. And the mystery? A shadowy group of men is either being murdered or murdering others... or maybe both. Wild Boy and Clarissa solve the case using skill. Wild Boy has terrific powers of observation and deduction. The passages that detail his observations and conclusions are wonderfully written. Think Sherlock Holmes. Clarissa is an acrobat. She scrambles up the sides of buildings and wriggles her way into off-limits areas. Together they make a terrific team. Overall, this new novel is a must read. It would also be a great introduction to mysteries and/or historical fiction for readers who might, otherwise, shy away from these genres. Content Appropriate For: Grades 4-7