Wild Boy
Wild Boy
Wild Boy
Rob Lloyd Jones
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Murder mystery meets carnival flair in a rollicking Victorian adventure centered on a boy with a unique appearance — and unique gifts.In the seedy underworld of Victorian London, a boy is born and abandoned. Snatched up by an unscrupulous and abusive showman, Wild Boy, covered in hair from head to toe, becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and wickedly 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 hastily 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? Readers will be swept along by the cinematic pace, immersed in the vivid historical setting, and gripped by suspense as they wait to find out if a better fate could possibly await someone so very different.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Wild Boy by Rob-Lloyd Jones flares to life in the slums of London, when a hatchet-faced stranger raps on the workhouse door with an unusual request: Augustus Finch, slavering proprietor of London’s most notorious freak show, is demanding a peak at Wild Boy. His entire body tufted with straggly, matted brown fur, Wild Boy sulks in the uppermost chamber of the workhouse, peering down on London from the confines of  his imprisonment.
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Wild Boy is different from other people.  One thing he has is hair all over his body and for another he can tell everything about you in just one glance.  He is a star attraction in a freak show in Victorian London. Then one day it all changes, a murder happens at the fair and he is the prime suspect. It’s like Jack the Ripper all over again in London with a full blown man hunt happening everywhere. Wild boy is sucked into a mystery all throughout London revolving around a mysterious society trying to prove his innocence.

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