Kieran Larwood
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 10+
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 243pp
ISBN: 978-1-906427-93-1
Publication date: April 2012
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The Freaks are a lonely band of misfits, trapped in a Victorian sideshow known as Plumpscuttle’s Peculiars.

There’s Sheba, a kind-hearted wolf-girl with an amazing sense of smell; Sister Moon, an ex-assassin; and Monkey Boy, hygienically challenged but nimble and quick-witted.

Together they are a force to be reckoned with.

In a world of thieves, grave-robbers and child-snatchers, the Freaks decide to put their extraordinary talents to use - to solve the mysteries that no one else cares about. Join them here in the first of their incredible, freaktastic adventures!

The winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011, FREAKS is a richly imagined gothic mystery set in the grime of Victorian London.

Published April 2012.

Shades of the X-Men meets Oliver Twist with a whiff of Lemony Snicket!
Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2011
'A really exciting debut full of mystery, adventure and dark humour.'
The Bookseller
'The most original central characters … it rose to the top.'
Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate

Sheba gazed through her tiny window to the seaside view beyond. It was a beautiful summer morning. The sounds of the beach drifted in and she closed

"My approach to writing FREAKS was to cram in everything the 10-year-old me would have killed to read.  So it's full of crumbling Victorian backstreets, sinister villains, explosions, epic swordfights, and jokes about poo.  And it's even got a ninja or two."

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