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Wild Boy Hardcover – September 24, 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Wild Boy Series

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Gr 5-8-Sherlock Holmes meets Oliver Twist in this mystery set in a carnival of oddities in 1841 London. A boy moves from a wretched workhouse to Augustus T. Finch's traveling carnival, hoping to belong somewhere. Feared and reviled because thick hair covers his entire body, the child knows only the name "Wild Boy." This hirsute hero assuages his loneliness by observing passersby, analyzing minute clues to peel back details of their lives. Wild Boy and another circus child, Clarissa, become involved in a mystery of their own when a hooded man murders carnival member and eccentric scientist Henry Wollstonecraft over his curous "machine." Framed for the crime, Wild Boy must use his detective skills to clear his name, but he becomes even more invested when he learns the machine might be able to make him look "normal." Jones explores the traditional themes of acceptance and identity. Wild Boy comes to accept his knack for detective work and faces a choice between honoring his friendship with Clarissa and personal gain. The mystery unravels along well-trodden paths. As soon as Wild Boy tells the audience that he trusts a certain character above all others, savvy readers will guess at that character's guilt. While many novels express with greater originality the theme of coming to terms with society's judgments, this one may appeal to children who like unusual characters and quirky historical settings in their detective stories.-Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A gripping murder mystery Sunday Express Dripping with atmosphere and gothic gore, Wild Boy will appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, gothic horror and all things murderous and mysterious. -- Julia Eccelshare Lovereading4kids.co.uk Freak shows, mysteries and intrigue, what's not to love? A brilliantly imagined historical adventure TBK Magazine Mixing mystery with action, adventure and history and the creepy backdrop of the fairground, this book will hook young readers from the first page We Love This Book A brilliant thrilling detective book with a great new twist. Excellently told, it grabs you from the start. A must read. Writing.ie A pleasingly pacy and atmospheric historical romp. Booktrust An engaging tale unlike anything else out there at the moment. Serendipity Reviews This was a great read and I want/need a sequel...Because I don't want to let Wild Boy go yet... The Pewter Wolf I loved the way the book finished and I will be buying the next Rob Lloyd Jones book in this series. Moloney King A fiendishly pacy mystery-adventure story Lytham St Annes Express A really enjoyable read Overflowing Library An epic debut start Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books It had me completely hooked from beginning to end and I loved every moment of it BookZone4Boys I started reading this book and it immediately felt like my heart had been stolen by Wild Boy Fluttering Butterflies I loved every minute Big Book Little Book A pacy, atmospheric and thrilling adventure Metro His eventful life will mesmerise boys in particular. Times There is plenty of excitement and scary moment in this atmospheric, though provoking full length novel for older, capable readers. Primary Times The story takes off like a rocket The Times Book of the Week good fun and jolly hair-raising. The Times Book of the Week It's a truly imaginative book that will enthrall the reader. For those who like mystery, this book is a must-read Western Daily Press (Bristol) A thoroughly gripping detective story that reveals the nature of true friendship CBI Recommended Reads 2013 It was not only the mystery that made it so exciting, but also all the information about London in the nineteenth century ... I just couldn't put it down Guardian Children's Books --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st Us Edition edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763662526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763662523
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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

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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
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Wild Boy, born with hair all over his body, was first sent to a desolate orphanage until he was discovered by the circus. Here, he is part of the freak show, until one day he intercepts a letter, talking of a mysterious machine and warning of death.

Overall, I thought the book moved a bit slowly. However, the characters were very interesting and dynamic. I think young teenagers will highly enjoy this book, especially boys.
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Really enjoyed reading this well written and thoroughly entertaining page turner. It's gritty and edgy, while still being something I'd feel comfortable giving to a child. Wild Boy himself is extremely engaging and likable, while still being inherently flawed as a person - a really interesting and infectious protagonist. The author has painted a vivid picture of the victorian landscape, complete with period dialogue that really made me feel like I was there.
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Read this with joy with my 11yr old son. Intriguing and mysterious. enjoyed the time period and taught a great lesson about not judging people by their looks.
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