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The Devil and His Boy

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  578 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Tom Falconer is in trouble. Pursued by the notorious criminal Ratsey, Tom soon finds himself alone and hungry on the streets of London. Luckily enough, the mysterious Dr. Mobius soon recruits Tom to play an important role in a play to be performed in front of Queen Elizabeth. Tom knows there’s something not right about Mobius, but he’s willing to take a risk in order to ke ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 11th 2007 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Mohamed Yahia
''The Devil and His Boy'' is a good book for several reasons. First, I find this book good because its about a queen that was sleeping and then she went through a secret passage. I love stories with secret passages. Second, I find this book good because their is a magician who tells the queen of England secrets that he can see in his magic ball. i love magic and adventures. These are the reasons why i think this book is good.


I gave the book ''The Devil and his Boy'' 3 stars for several reasons.
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Molly's Sister
Nov 05, 2008 Molly's Sister rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like history
A good book but not my favorite book.
Pandora
An Historical novel for Horror fans:

Tony Falconer has attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth who has sent a knight to bring him to court. Unfortunately Tony loses the knight and now he has to flee to London as a nobody. His struggle is for survival for how can a nobody ever hope to reach the Queen?

This book has accomplished what the Romantic writers (Dumas, Sabtini) have done so well. Take a few facts from history perhaps a rumor or two and create a great adventure story. There are dark scar
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Cornmaven
This is an older Horowitz book, and contains an interesting plot and a lot of action. Reluctant readers will like it. Queen Elizabeth I commands that an orphan boy from a small town be brought to London, to her. She has found this kid through a seer of sorts, and no one but she knows why she wants him.
The kid is indentured to an innkeeper, and helps a local highwayman rob people. When the queen's rep comes to get him, he's in disguise and so the innkeeper objects, and the highwayman catches them
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Lisa
Anthony Horowitz is the screenwriter of one of my favorite shows, Foyle's War. I was surprised to discover that he has only written one adult book and many popular children's and young adult books. His most popular series is the Alex Rider series which focuses on a young espionage agent. In fact they just recently released a movie based on the first novel. This book is a stand alone, an adventure set in Elizabethan England. It is much better than I expected. It's very good for what it is, not qu ...more
Kailey
The Devil and His Boy is a play to be put on by a theater group an innocent boy named Tom accidentally joins up with. He ends up apart of a huge conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth I and Tom is the only one who can stop it.

I quite enjoyed this book and found it to be a very entertaining read! It really illustrated what it was like to live in the 1500's; primarily for the thieves and cut throats. Tom was a great lead character and I found myself rooting for him and trying to unravel the mystery
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Cj
This book threw me.When i first saw the cover i thought this book would have something to do with the devil but it didn't.I was first a little bit mad but eventually i started to like it.The book takes place in the Sixteenth Century in England.Queen Elizabeth the first was in power.A boy named Tom Falconer,a slave to his masters must run and hide in this cat and mouse chase between Tom and the notorious criminal Gamiel Ratsey.This book is funny and action packed.
Betty
This book is about an orphan Tom Falconer who is the lost heir to the throne. He lived in during Queen Elizabeth's reign. She was the monarch of England at that time. His childhood was being poorly abused and mistreated all the time and was starved all his life. One day, one of the queen's people came searching for him to take him safely to the Queen. Tom's job was to go find Ratsey who will kill him and rob him of his riches. Unfortunately for Tom, this would have led him to a happy life but Ha ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Devil and His Boy, Anthony Horowitz
عنوان: شیطان و پسرکش؛ نویسنده: آنتونی هوروویتس؛ مترجم: گیتا گرگانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کاروان، کتابهای لوک، 1387، در 195 ص، فروست: کتابهای نوجوانان، شابک: 9789641750307؛ موضوغ: داستانهای کوتاه نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
Tommy Reiss
The Devil and his boy was an ok book there is not much to explain about this book because it is only like 100 pages long but anyway this book is about a 14 year old slave who's dad was the queens husband until he died and the queen spends a lot of time trying to find him until he joins a theater group called the garden players then they play for the queen and then they try to kill her then he saves the queen because they are spanish and try to kill her with muskets then tom saves her and then h ...more
melydia
I really wanted this to be fantasy. Devil in the title, wizard in the first chapter - I wasn't crazy for expecting fantasy, was I? But it's really not. It's the story of Tom, a boy in the 16th century who finds himself plucked from his crappy country existence into a only slightly less crappy life on the streets of London, where he befriends Moll Cutpurse and aspires to become an actor. The whole plot was pretty predictable and the writing only so-so. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more were I ...more
Faith
Overall, the novel was an okay book. The Devil and His Boy was a novel about a teenage runaway and his long journey to London and then later becoming an actor in a play to perform in front of the Queen, little does he know that the play will all become a horrible trap. I thought the book was okay, but I mainly didn't like the author's style of writing. His style was a little boring for my taste. In conclusion, I don't think I would reccomend this book to readers, but it would be a good read for ...more
Hannah Hart
This was an ok book. It is definitely meant for younger readers.
Samuel Hebert
pursued by the notorios criminal ratsey. Tom falconer finds himself alone and hungry on the streets of london.Luckily enough, the mysterios Dr.mobius soon recruits tom to take an important role in a play to be performed in front of queen elizabeth. tom knows there something not quite right about mobius,but he's willing to take the riskin orfer to keep his neck out of ratsey's murderous hands. little does tom realize that mobius's dark secret will trap him in the middle of an international conspi ...more
Meredith Lewis
Not a Faustian story (though I was expecting it-- darn), but a charming bit of historical fiction involving Queen Elizabeth I, the theater, and smelly London. I'd say this would be great for a middle school reader, dare I say it: even boys might like it. Some awesomely gross descriptions of dastardly people with faces eaten by "pox" and heads on stakes. Horowitz needs to get off his "teachers are boring" high horse in the author's notes, though. Just because his teacher was a bore doesn't mean e ...more
Emily Melnick
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atg
Bit odd, but cool.
Kento
I think this book was very cool. The story was easy to understand and it was very intresting. The story explained a lot of detail on the characters.
Anja Manning
This is not my favorite 'Elizabethan' novel. In the beginning, Horowitz grabs at each chance to be disgusting, and the plot jumps in ways that don't seem plausible. However, it is a solid historical novel, one that actually features an aged, wigged and chalk-faced Elizabeth I. Tom is a likeable main character, and I could feel for him being thrown into the dangerous world of 16th century London, not knowing what to do. This might be more of a book for boys than, e.g. Gary Blackwood's series.
Charmaine Lim
An easy-to-read book, which revolves around the travel experiences of Tom Falconer's bumbling escape to London. The beauty of this book lies in the portrayal of Tom's naiveness. Tom's simplicity shows the personalities in the different characters such as the people who look down on him, the people who pity him, the people who wants to take advantage of him.

This book tells of the different people one will meet in life.
Jun Omiya
This book was very adventurous. The Queen Elizabeth has to find Tom, and a criminal recruits him and then he gets stuck in a plot of trying to assassinate the queen. He realizes that it that the play he was recruited into was mysterious and he saves the queen. I kinda liked this book and I kinda didn't like this book. I liked it because there was a lot of action but I didn't like it because I thought the book was a little slow.
Allegra
This book is a cute tale of Tom Falconer, an orphan boy with a mysterious ancestry and a great destiny in England's history. I enjoyed this story because it is an easy, entertaining read with some historical facts. I like how Anthony Horowitz included actual people from that time period, and Tom's conversation with William Shakespeare. Overall, a fun read, but a little predictable. Either that or I'm really good at making predictions.
Fabian.B Banuelos
The devil and his boy was a really good book. Tom was a kid that was adopted by the owners of a really bad hotel. They treated tom like a slave until one day a really rich guy bought him of his adoptive parents. He was going to take tom to London but on the way they were robbed and killed Tom’s owner. Tom kept his way to London but he did not know the type of things that were expecting him in the streets of London.
Tia
Oct 01, 2011 Tia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tia by: Nobody
This book took me awhile to read, because I was about 8 and didn't really get it, but when I read it again, I really enjoyed it. The characters are really cool, and it had an interesting plot. It was set up well, and easy to follow, but with plenty of mysteries. This is the kind of book that you would be able to read over and over again without ever becoming bored.
Simone Steinberg
This book is interesting because it was suspensful. The story was about a boy, Tom, who lived as an orphan worker for the Slopes', the Innkeepers and his adventures to London and how he becomes an actor on stage. This book was good when it wasnt slow moving like the scene in the forest when Tom's guardian was shot and killed. Overall, this book was a good read.
Mr. Hutchinson
I read this book as a possible read-a-loud for my social studies class. I had read both good and mediocre reviews, so I was interested to see if I would enjoy it. I am happy to say that the book is going to fill my read-a-loud needs perfectly and I think it will allow me to really pull some interesting England and European history to share with my students.
Barbara Brien
I might have given this book 5 stars, but the hero of this book - Tom - really took no actions on his own. Everything happened to him, and even toward the end when he did act, others' actions prove almost more important than his. Still, the book was entertaining and held my interest, and dealt with an historically plausible situation.
Katie
I read this book back in 6th grade, but I have been thinking about it a lot lately for some reason. I don't remember it much except from the fact that he was living on the street and then working on a farm and then this guy was trying to kill him. I know that isn't much, but I really need to reread this book so I can actually understand it.
Tobin
The Devil and His Boy was an ok book for me. Part of the book was a little boring. It was boring because the main character kept doing the same thing over and over again. Parts of the book I liked because the author described the situation really well. The author described night scenes so that I felt like I was there.
Rocio Pritchett
Be warned! The Devil and His Boy is the EXACT SAME BOOK as Raven's Gate...except Raven's Gate is published 10 years later, and way better. Don't read this one except to compare. Even after comparison, Raven's Gate is superior. Nobody is scary with a Cockney accent except to be a funny type of scary.
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