Wild Boy

Wild Boy

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Wild Boy becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and abused by the cruel master who bought him, Wild Boy becomes an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes-like deductive skills. Although he is tormented and insulted, kicked and spat at, his quick mind takes in everything he sees. When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself? And will the talented and spunky young acrobat Clarissa be with him -- or against him?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780763662523
Characteristics: 295 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm


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Jun 30, 2017

The book is set in a freak show fair in London. The main problem is that there is a killer that is killing people and is trying to set up Wild Boy.

I liked the two main characters Carissa and Wild Boy because they are cool detectives. I also liked how the book was written in a fast motion.

The author wrote the book well by making it fast. The book is good for all ages over 6.
-Alton-age 10

ss1989 Jun 21, 2015

I found some parts funny that i don't think were meant to be, maybe because this book in really for my ''age range '' ( thats why i think i also deducted who the killer was so quickly. but i mean its still a cool book.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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He might be part of a Victorian freak show, but he has a deductive mind worthy of Sherlock Holmes himself. When Wild Boy finds himself framed for a brutal murder, he must put all his sleuthing skills to the test to clear his name and uncover the real killer.


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Jun 30, 2017

kimberlybriar thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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Jun 30, 2017

Wild Boy opens on a foggy night in London where we meet a nameless 8-year-old boy locked in an attic room of an orphanage. The boy’s body is covered in hair and he is taunted mercilessly by the other orphans; both because of his strange looks and also because he has an uncanny ability to see things others are attempting to hide. Readers are torn with the early decision the boy faces of staying in his locked attic room, with know abuses, or leaving to be a freak in a traveling carnival show that promises daily abuse and harsh treatment but the opportunity to see the greater world.
I enjoyed the fast pace of the book and the vivid descriptions of unsavory characters. The author does a nice job looking at the impacts of unfortunate life events on a person’s character and the choices everyone faces to contribute kindness or harm to those around them.
I recommend the book for 9-12 year old readers.

Kimberly-Alton’s Mom


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