Larwood, Kieran. Freaks. New York: Chicken House/Scholastic, 2013.
This story is set in 1851 in London England. The main characters are freaks in a show. They try to solve the mystery of disappearing mudlarks because it seems like no one is going to do anything about it.
The author sets the story with the historical background of London in 1851. Then he layers his own creativity over top of it. The writing is pretty simple but it is full of action and creative inventions and characters.
The cover is very eye catching. And at the end of the book there are some black and white drawings of some of the characters, which is nice to have.
I would recommend this book to a child probably in the 4th to 7th grade depending on the reading level of the child. If the child is interested in Victorian London they would love this book. At the end the author includes some extra information on the time and place of the book.
Reveiwer: Edie Greaser