Wild Boy

Wild BoyOur June children's chapter book of the month is Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones. Roll up, roll up, the show is about to begin…

Behold the savage spectacle of Wild Boy - one penny a kick! Wild Boy has been covered in hair since birth. He's the missing link, a monster, a sideshow spectacle. Condemned to life in a travelling freak show, excluded from society and abused by his master, he takes refuge in watching people come and go at the fair and develops a Sherlock Holmes-style talent for observation and detection.

But when there's a murder, suspicion turns on Wild Boy, and he and feisty red-haired acrobat Clarissa Everett find themselves on the run from a London-wide manhunt. Together, the detective and the acrobat must solve clues to identify the real killer. Can Wild Boy solve the mystery before it's too late?

This action-packed mystery adventure through the smoggy underworld of Victorian London is perfect for readers aged 9+.

  • Read the first chapter here.


About the author 

Rob Lloyd Jones

Rob Lloyd Jones never wanted to be a writer when he grew up. He wanted to be Indiana Jones. So he studied Egyptology and archaeology, and went on expeditions to strange places. But all he found were interesting stories. So he decided to write them down. Wild Boy is his first novel, although he's written around thirty other books for children, including historical non-fiction and adaptations of classics such as Jekyll and Hyde. He lives in London with his wife and one-year-old son, who has big eyes like Wild Boy, but is not as hairy. Have a look at Rob Lloyd Jones' website to discover more about him and Wild Boy.


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This giveaway has now closed, but you can buy the book here.



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