"I have often found fiction that 'supports KS2 history topics' to be contrived and often boring. Here is an exception! ... she writes in a direct and uncompromising way and assumes the reader capable of dealing with what is a gruesome story set in Victorian London ... The most reluctant reader will warm to the central character, street wise Alfie Sykes ... This a fast-moving story with chapters that invariably end on cliff hangers, suited equally to individual reading or aloud to a group, the author manages to not only set the scene with some wonderful descriptions but also to sneak in some useful historical facts. The first of a series ... the next will be eagerly awaited."
-- School Librarian, Autumn 2010
"The very first words, `Only Alfie saw the hand. He stared in horror' ... grip the reader's attention - always vital with this age group ... will appeal mainly to boys, who are always drawn to stories about gangs and will readily identify with the characters. The story is fast-paced and will keep interest alive, either for group reading or independent reading. It is also excellent for KS2 studies of the Victorians." --Parents in Touch website, December 2010
"Cracking book ... grabbed my attention as soon as I read about it as it is set in the Victorian era ... hugely enjoyable read. ... not your average Famous Five style adventures - these kids are in genuine peril ... The characters are fun, brave and resilient - and stick together, despite their unfortunate circumstances. ... Overall, a fun start to what I hope will be a long running series. ... If your kids like mystery stories with real peril for the main characters then this is certainly worth getting hold of for them." --The Book Zone (for Boys)
From the Publisher
Selected for The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge 2010.