Wild Boy

Wild Boy

by Rob Lloyd Jones


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“A thrilling mystery, full of morbid twists and macabre turns.” — Booklist

In the seedy underworld of Victorian London, a boy is born and abandoned. Covered in hair from head to toe, Wild Boy is snatched up by an unscrupulous and abusive showman and becomes a sideshow freak—but also an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes–like deductive skills. When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is hastily accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself?

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ISBN-13: 9780763671570
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,191,757
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

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Wild Boy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
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