Wolfgirl, Monkeyboy, and Sister Moon aren't like ordinary children. They are more like strange, misfit kids that middle-grade readers will root for as these outcasts solve nineteenth century Victorian London's ominous crimes and protect innocents on the street from a dangerous world of criminals. Debut author Kieran Larwood brings us this novel, "Freaks," the winner of the Fourth Annual Chicken House/London Times Fiction Competition.
Wolfgirl is actually Sheba, fur-faced and can sniff out a threat from miles away. Monkeyboy climbs up bridges and buildings in the blink of an eye. Sister Moon sees in the dark and moves at the speed of light. Collectively, they are known as the Freaks. Each born with abnormalities that make them misfits, they spend their nights on public display. Trapped in a traveling Victorian sideshow, they are advertised as "Plumpscuttle's Peculiars - Terrifying Freaks of Every Size & Description."
During the day, however, they put their strange talents to use by solving London's most sinister crimes. Street urchins are disappearing, sucked right into the muddy muck of the riverbank. Since these characters know what it's like to be outsiders, they are hardly going to let other, poor, defenseless children suffer, now are they?
This group may be the weirdest crime fighters ever, but they are passionate in standing up for those who cannot standup for themselves.
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