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Action, adventure, humor, and unforgettable characters – what more could anyone ask for?
Five youngsters, who would probably be termed free-range kids these days, stumble into a complicated plot involving kidnapping and espionage. Free to roam their small town from dawn till dusk, the five encounter a host of memorable characters from the red-haired family of delinquents to bumbling crooks. In the end, it’s their friendship and their loyalty to one another that save the day.
Mr. Garrow has taken a nostalgic look at childhood and combined it with the action and adventure of a block-buster movie. The children, from brave Sam to dare-devil Roxanne, are true to life and embody the freedom, joy, friendship and adventure of childhood. The adults in the book are not so well-defined. “Mam” is always the ideal mother; Sid is the bumbling villain; Uncle Norman the mysterious yet beloved family friend. It is the children who are the stars of this entertaining read.
The Devil’s Porridge Gang is certainly suitable for young readers. Some readers may encounter difficulties with the dialect in which all dialogue is written. However, a little patience and effort soon lead to understanding. It’s a wonderful book and definitely kept me reading.
For parents: The gang in the book has no relation to the gangs we think of nowadays. There are no gang colors, no drive-by shootings, no weapons and no drugs. “Gang” here refers to a close-knit group of friends who spend all their free time together. There is some violence in the book, but it is not explicit and nothing more than what is present on TV and in the average movie.