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Wild Boy (Wild Boy #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  569 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
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 abu
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Candlewick Press (first published March 1st 2013)
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Richard Denney
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it


American Horror Story: FREAKSHOW meets Sherlock Holmes!!

Murder, mayhem, mystery, action, friendship, and batshit craziness! I will now need a copy of this for my shelf because it was awesome. I loved the 1800s carnival/fair atmosphere and this was definitely a dark Middle-Grade read. The writing was incredible and the author did an amazing job at reeling you into the story and making you feel as if you were right there in 1800s London, walking on cobblestone streets, and inhaling the swe
Londres, 1841. El pequeño Wild Boy, un niño cubierto completamente de pelo, es recogido del hospicio en el que fue abandonado por un personaje sin escrúpulos que regenta un puesto en la Parada de los Monstruos de un circo. Aquí tendrá que vivir en pésimas condiciones, maltratado dentro y fuera del escenario. Sólo disfruta durante el tiempo en que puede observar a la gente que visita el circo, desarrollando un don que ya poseía antes en potencia, el de la observación y la deducción. Pero su vida ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Actual rating: 4,5*

This was fantastic. Review to come xx
Kat (Lost in Neverland)

Abandoned at birth and given to a freakshow at 8, Wild Boy has learned to never trust anyone and to consider himself a monster.
It's 1841, London, England. A boy covered from head to toe in hair is forced to perform in front of vicious crowds. In order to keep himself going, Wild Boy watches people. He sees things about them that no one else does, and in time develops a useful skill of deduction. He can learn facts from a person with a single glance, with subtle hints and clues on their clothes o
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mi me ha encantado a pesar de ser infantil-juvenil.
Una historia muy bonita.

"Ni paga, ni vacaciones... sólo comida, techo y trabajo. En algunas ocasione desearás estar muerto. En otras te sentirás como si ya lo estuvieras. Te escupirán, te pegarán sin parar... Esa es mi oferta. Tómala o déjala."

Este es el primer contrato de trabajo que acepta nuestro protagonista tras ser sacado de un hospicio londinense. Todo a cambio de poder observar el mundo; por respirar algo más que no fueran las cuatro p
Audrey Laurey
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6th-8th
I would like to recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. Especially anyone who has considered joining a circus, enjoys a heartfelt mystery, or has felt like an outsider. I cannot get enough esoteric historical fiction.

This book is fast paced and deals with a lot of deep issues; Such as loss, insecurities, fear, not feeling like one belongs, etc. Which is interesting since this book is classified as junior fiction.

There is violence, suspense, and most importantly an emphasis on the
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mi-estantería
Wild Boy me ha parecido un libro increíble, lleno de misterios, pistas, muertes, malos, mentiras y muchos secretos. Va acompañado de una pluma y una ambientación única y espectacular. Unos protagonistas a la altura de la novela: sencillos, reales, bondadosos y aventureros. Cada página te envuelve el misterio que no te dejará escapar y las ganas de saber quién se esconde bajo todo lo que está pasando hará que pases las páginas sin darte cuenta. Pese que algunas cosas me parecieron previsibles, el ...more
Fun read. I think it's a chapter book for younger readers, but it doesn't talk down and it's a great, steampunk-ish adventure with Wild Boy as a sort of junior Sherlock Holmes. In the first book -- this one -- Wild Boy makes friends with the acrobat girl Clarissa after they are accused of a gruesome murder. There's a weird machine using that newfangled stuff electricity and lots of secrets and lies. It's a good read for pretty much anyone.
Mariano Hortal
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“Wildboy. El chico salvaje” de Rob Lloyd Jones. Sherlock Holmes (nuevamente) como inspiración

Uno se encuentra sorpresas de diferente calibre en todo tipo de sellos; en este caso, en el de Alfaguara Juvenil, se trata de la novela “Wildboy. El chico salvaje” del británico Rob Lloyd Jones, libro que, me temo va a pasar desapercibido a pesar de su indudable potencial manifestado ya en el prólogo con el que da comienzo, ambientado en 1838, en el qu
Om Manghani
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: winter-2015
Nice book, and I can definitely see why this one was chosen as a Red Dot. There was a lot of great inner thinking for Wild Boy, and I love how fast the plot played out, and how unexpected it was towards the end.

This book again seems to highlight what it means to be different in today's world, to stand out and to suffer the consequences. It makes me wonder what it means for someone to be different, and why people feel to against being different.

Besides from being different, this book also seems
Aryaman Bharath
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
To be fair if there were half star ratings I would give it a 3.5 stars because first of all it created tension all around and it hooked me in till the last word. Second it had a shocking end which made the book more heart breaking and third, though it did hook me, it had a slow start and the author was describing the setting a lot which made things a bit more boring because I personally like to make a picture with my own imagination and the author this case it like here is how it should look.
One Sentence Review: Action packed with a Sherlock/Victorian twist and a mystery that will have kids wondering when the heck the sequel's coming out.
Lyndsey O'Halloran
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Wild Boy is set in Victorian London, with the young boy covered in hair living in a place where he is constantly belittled and bullied because of how he looks. Instead of rising to the other boys around him, Wild Boy spends his time watching people, learning more about them. One day though, a strange man comes to take him away to a travelling freak show and circus and he has no option but to go with him. He believes it cannot be any worse than what he already has to deal with.

Wild Boy was such
Wild Boy is a deliciously chilling look at the seedy underbelly of Victorian England. Abandoned at birth by his parents because of his appearance, Wild Boy, grows up taunted and teased by the other boys in the workhouse where he spent his formative years. At the age of eight he is rescued from the workhouse by a carnival barker and forced to perform in a sideshow. Luckily, for Wild Boy he has found a friend, another performer, named Sir Oswald. When Wild Boy is framed for murder he must use his ...more
Anthony Burt
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
This started off really well - great concept, interesting setting (Victorian England amongst the "freaks" of the circus community) - but I realised by about page 70 I wasn't really engaging with the main character's thoughts/emotions or motive. In fact, I started wondering where the actual impetus for the story was.

Ok, yes, he's a jilted "freak" in the circus, no one loves him, he wants to escape etc, but it just started feeling like yada-yada-yada, heard it all before.

Sorry Rob - perhaps I just
Sue Murdoch
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book begins with fantastic, evocative description and continues to delight throughout. I felt absorbed into the grimy streets of London and its filthy dank underworld; the harshness of the story's characters living from day to day by the rule of the circus gave a contrasting insight into the world of the Victorian ruling classes, raising the question - just how does a country hold on to power and empire? I loved the Sherlock Holmes feel of a quest and felt that the inner emotional battle Wi ...more
Pam Saunders
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
At first I was unsure about this book, it had good reviews but the first few pages I wasn't sure, '...a thick fog crept over the city...' but the author quickly found his voice and the story was racing. Wild Boy is a freak but he is likable and convincing character as too is Clarissa, a circus, acrobat girl of some talent and Sir Oswald with his war injuries. What a team.

The tale has strong links to Sherlock Holmes, with adventure, murder and solving of crimes in London.
A great addition to the shelf physically, wonderful hardcover with colour printed pages for Part headings and Reward posters etc.

Otherwise, the story was pretty average. Wasn't excited throughout much of it.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
I read a review in School Library Journal that summed this one up very nicely. Sherlock Holmes meets Oliver Twist in a carnival of oddities in 1841 London.
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fast moving story. I liked the mystery but figured it out early on. It was still a great read though.
Ben Alderson
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book very much!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, Wild Boy. It had everything I could possibly love in a story: A circus setting set in the Victorian era "for fans of Sherlock Holmes." I couldn't NOT buy it.

I love this fun cast of characters, a smart observant 11-year-old with some serious anger management issues, a tough-as-nails acrobat/pickpocket with a soft side, a war veteran who can keep himself looking posh and elegant despite his disabilities. The story left me wanting for nothing, except perhaps for one pet peeve: I WISH there had
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok

A really interesting premise and main character are sullied by simplistic writing, dull plot, and villains worthy of a Saturday morning cartoon. There's lots of elements here that would work, but Rob Lloyd Jones simply doesn't have the skill to make all of these disparate ideas feel sincere or organic. It's a first novel, and it feels like one too, with all of its clumsy writing, awkward tonal shifts, and weird pacing. But there is potential here, enough to make me interested in reading the
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The story begins in 1838, then moves forward to 1841 London.
Wild Boy is an orphan who is covered entirely with thick hair.
After the work house sells him to a freak show, he is accused
of murder.
Only Clarissa Everett, a circus acrobat offers to help Wild Boy
solve the crime.
The story has the element of Steampunk, with hints of Mary Shelly
Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells
A fast paced mystery adventure.
J a c q u e l i n e
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, the author worked really hard on this book to make it both thrilling and interesting! A very different insight into the world and from my favourite era.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Slightly predictable but overall a good middle-grade read. I'm excited to pick up the sequel!
Ashley Moody
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully suspenseful novel! The short chapters with their cliff hanger endings made it a great out loud class read. Students begged for me to read more!
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting premise with some fun characters, though the mystery was a tad bit predictable, I would still try others if it became a series.
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Rob Lloyd Jones was born in San Francisco but grew up in London. He studied Egyptology at University where he learnt hieroglyphics, and often goes on digs with the Egypt Exploration Society. He is a senior editor at Usborne, for whom he has written over thirty books – mostly historical non-fiction, but also adaptations of classics such as JEKYLL AND HYDE and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Rob is also ...more
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