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4.0 out of 5 stars A fast adventure through Victorian London, 13 Sep 2003
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This review is from: Thunderbolt's Waxwork (New Cut Gang) (Paperback)
This is a funny,fast childrens adventure set in Victorian London... The New Cut Gang are trying to make a waxwork of their friend Dippy to put on display... but their day to day life is soon disturbed by the arrest of Thunderbolts dad.... can the gang free him?..... who is passing the counterfeit coins... and why are so many people interested in stealing their waxwork?....This is an excellent childrens read from about ages 8 and up....(but I'm 34 and I enjoyed it too....)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tantalising, 27 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Thunderbolt's Waxwork (New Cut Gang) (Paperback)
This book is about a gang of teenage boys-with a twist! They want to solve crimes and like betting with a ratty old man. Although it is not fantasy, people who like fantasy will love this, as a change-and as a brilliant book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story between Secret Seven and Sherlock Holmes!, 9 Jan 2010
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Ms. E. Morgan (Blackpool, Lancashire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Author: Philip Pullman

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Unabridged on 3 cassettes: 2hrs 45mins approx

The New Cut Gang is a group of urchins ranging from 6-year-old Sharkey Bob to 13-year-old Bridie Malone. They inhabit the streets around Lambeth Walk and the New Cut. In 1892, it is a place full of gangsters, bookies, pickpockets, swindlers, horse thieves and the occasional tentative policeman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Cut Gang book 1, 5 Sep 2011
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Sarah (Feeling Fictional) (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Thunderbolt's Waxwork (New Cut Gang) (Paperback)
This is a joint review for both books in the New Cut Gang series by Philip Pullman

In Thunderbolt's Waxwork we are introduced to the New Cut gang, a rag tag group of mischievous children who want to be detectives. In their first "case" they are determined to track down the person behind a spate of counterfeit coins doing the rounds in Lambeth. Thunderbolt's dad has been arrested but they are sure it couldn't be him who was making the coins - can they find a way to prove it and have him released from prison?

The Gas-Fitters' Ball continues the adventures of the New Cut gang, this time they are on the hunt for a burglar - someone has stolen the Gas-Fitters' silver trophies and the gang are intent on finding out who. Can they beat the police to find the burglar?

I absolutely loved the characters that make up the New Cut gang. You have leader Benny who has an imagination that often runs away with him and comes up with crazy plans bound to get them all in trouble, then there is Sam (AKA Thunderbolt) - he is the smart and studious one, Bridie is the hot tempered red head with a heart of gold who is always looking out for the others and her little brother Sharkie Bob who was probably my favourite. A lot younger than the others he tags along wherever they go eating everything in sight. You can't forget the Peretti twins Angela and Zerlina who may look like angels but you wouldn't want to end up on their bad side.

The stories themselves are fun and lighthearted adventures that had me laughing out loud as I read them. They're perfect for bedtime reading and will be enjoyed by both children and adults. The Victorian setting is well done and I loved the use of British slang. I read on Philip Pullman's website that there were originally going to be 6 stories about the New Cut gang and I really hope he gets time to write the remaining 4 - I'll be first in the queue to buy them if he does!
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