About the book
The Peculiars are a band of misfits, trapped in a nightly Victorian sideshow.
There’s Wolfgirl, Sheba; Sister Moon, who can move at the speed of light; and Monkey Boy, ace climber and human stink bomb. But during the day, in a world of childsnatchers, grave robbers and dastardly doctors, they solve the mysteries no one else cares about – including why London’s poorest children are being snatched from the banks of the Thames …
Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2011, The Peculiars (formerly known as Freaks) is a richly imagined gothic mystery set in the grimy world of Victorian London from the author of the Blue Peter Award-winning Podkin One-Ear.
“A really exciting debut full of mystery, adventure and dark humour.”
“Freaks is pretty much everything a 10 year old reader could ask for in a story... it is funny, exciting and nail-biting in equal measures, with a plot that races along.”
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“...a keen sense for jet-propelled adventure, evocative scene-setting and strong, memorable characters. It's a thoroughly modern ripping yarn.”
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