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I teach upper primary children and think this would be a great book for this age group. It has strong and slightly quirky male and female main characters. It celebrates geekiness and clever solutions to problems as well as having lots of action. The plot was a little strange but I enjoyed it nonetheless and I think it would make a great TV series. I hope it is the first in a series of books, as I would like to find out more about the characters, including what really happened to Tilly's mother. I have recommended it to the class and have added it to the class library so lots of children will be able enjoy it.Read moreLess
"An entertaining detective story for 8-12 year old…"
Darkus, the son of the title, is an engaging young Holmeslike sleuth left to solve the mystery of the Code and helped by Tilly his step-sister, a suitably feisty ally. The constant change in perspective slowed things down and took away some of the suspense, but overall an enjoyable story for children and a refreshing change from vampires and werewolves. It would make a great children's television serial.Read moreLess
"Great for girls and boys aged 9-12…"
I was asked if I’d like to review Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin, it’s been quite strange for me to read a book aimed at nine to twelve year olds but surprisingly pleasant.
Knightley and Son is a crime novel about a father who’s a detective with a son called Darkus who wants to be just like his dad by being a detective too. This book is fairly slow paced at the start but gets much more exciting towards the end. I found the book really funny in places with its references to a sinister criminal group called The Combination.
My seven year old daughter is now reading Knightley and Son, she’s about half way through and she’s really enjoying it, she particularly likes Tilly the character that is Darkus’ step-sister. Darkus and Tilly are both thirteen years old but couldn’t be more different, Darkus has the dress sense and demeanour of a middle aged man and Tilly is a rebel that’s always changing the colour of her hair.
I think Knightley and Son is a great book for both girls and boys that would like to read about mysterious crimes being solved.Read moreLess
"entertaining book with multiple twists and turns…"
Darkus Knightley is an unusually named, unusual teenager. He finds him self in an unusual adventure, desperate to help his dad and make his dad recognise that he is not a little child any more.
I enjoyed this novel, its aimed at a teen or slightly pre teen reader, but at around 300 pages it also makes a nice light who - dunnit read for an adult with a taste for short book. I expect this book will appeal more to boys than girls. There is a teenaged girl character and it may be that in future books ( this is apparently book 1 of a series) Tilly will play a larger role,but in this book she seemed to be rather a bit player.Read moreLess