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Two Crafty Criminals!: and how they were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang (The New Cut Gang #1-2)

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Benny Kaminsky and Thunderbolt Dobney lead a rag-tag gang of neighborhood rowdies. Their territory is the New Cut on London's South Bank—a place bristling with swindlers, bookies, pickpockets, and the occasional policeman. And their aim is to solve crimes.

When counterfeit coins start showing up in their neighborhood, Thunderbolt fears his own father may be behind the crime
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Published September 11th 2012 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 2011)
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Rebecca Tversky I'd say about 8 - 12. My 10-year-old still likes the kids' adventures but he's growing up quickly.
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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The kids of the New Cut Gang live in that charmed and whimsical world children inhabit until the crush of adulthood and responsibility; adults fall in line with their demands and nothing is impossible for the likes of Benny, Thunderbolt, Bridie and Sharky Boy - not even uncovering dastardly criminals or even meeting the Prince of Wales. Philip Pullman's latest publication might not stand level with the likes of the His Dark Materials trilogy but Two
Ivonne Rovira
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults who can appreciate children's books
Recommended to Ivonne by: Paul Sawyier Library
I truly loved the books of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy — The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass — despite a streak of darkness in that magical children’s series, but I was totally put off by Pullman’s contrarian cruelty in the second of the Sally Lockhart mysteries, The Shadow of the North, which I quit reading even though I was nearly to the end.

Despite that, Two Crafty Criminals!: and how they were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang looke
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The minute I saw this one in NetGalley, I wanted it desperately, because I loved the His Dark Materials series. Two Crafty Criminals is quite a different story than those books. In fact, the book isn't so much a book as two shorter books bound into one. This could just as easily have been published as two volumes in a series.

Two Crafty Criminals! reads kind of like a television show for kids, one where they solve mysteries or commit hijinks along a particular plot line in each episode. The third
Two Crafty Criminals! and How They Were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang is actually a really long, unwieldy new title for two previously released UK novellas: Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas-Fitters' Ball. These two hilarious stories tell the adventures of a 'gang' of enchanting, lively, quirky, kids in Victorian England.

Once again, Pullman has crafted characters that dwell in the reader's mind rather than the page. These kids are real kids: by turns smart, clueless, brav
Airam Padilla
Do you know if there are criminals where you live ? This book is a action book because it has robbers, criminals , and detectives . I think the book was okay could have been way better .
The setting of the book is London 1895 . The detectives wanted to catch the criminals but they were really sneaky so it was really hard for them . This is person VS person because it is the criminals vs the detectives . The theme of the book is nothing comes easy because it took them a while to find the crimin
Jim Loter
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not a fan of Pullman's The Golden Compass but when I saw this book on the shelf of the local bookstore it looked like something right up the alley of my 9-year-old son ... and I was right. I read it aloud to him and he (and I) absolutely loved it. These are two short tales of a Victorian-era gang of children who solve mysteries in their town of Lambeth. My son said it reminded him of Emil and the Detectives, which is another favorite of ours. I appreciated the opportunity to teach him abou ...more
Rebecca Tversky
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
The kids are rough around the edges and spunky, thinking themselves tough and daring when usually ridiculous. The solemn way they pursue strange plans is endearing. It makes me want my own kids to have a hideout and roam the streets of the city looking for criminals. A good read.
The Adventures of the New Cut Gang is a bind up of 2 stories by Philip Pullman that were originally published in the 1990's - Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas-Fitters' Ball. This is a beautiful hardback edition and has been wonderfully illustrated by Martin Brown making it a lovely book to hold a permanent position on any bookshelf. I hadn't read either of these stories before but as a fan of Philip Pullman I couldn't wait to get stuck in and I definitely wasn't disappointed.

In Thunderbolt's Wa
Two Crafty Criminals by Phillip Pullman is a collection of two stories, featuring a group of young detectives called the New Cut Gang, that were previously published individually in '96 and '98. The stories really are separate from each other and even feature different gang members. The first story, Thunderbolt's Waxwork, follows Sam/Thunderbolt as he tries to figure out who is making the fake currency that has been showing up all over town. His father is suspected, and even Thunderbolt is not e ...more
Beth Kemp
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are classic kids' stories: fast-paced, funny and exciting. The Victorian setting allows Pullman's gang to roam around, getting into scrapes and generally being much more independent than is possible for contemporary kids. And of course, that's at least half the fun - kids will love imagining they could have such adventures. Parents will also find these reminiscent of beloved stories from their own childhood. Although they are entirely suitable for a confident reader to read alone, they're ...more
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In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more
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