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brief synopsis:The new cut gang fulfills a hot-chestnut man's dream and takes down a smasher in the process.setting:Lambeth, Londonnamed personalities:Samuel 'Sam, Sammy' Dobney aka Thunderbolt - a mild and scholarly youthHarry Fitchett - a boy in Thunderbolt's classNeptune - a kingBenny Kaminsky - the leader of the New Cut Gang; a stocky, dark-haired boy of elevenBridie Malone - a fierce, red-haired girlSharky Bob - Bridie's little brotherDippy Hitchcock - a chestnut vendor; mistakenly referred...
This is a joint review for both books in the New Cut Gang series by Philip PullmanIn 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 f...
Read in May 2014, SingaporeEnid Blyton-ian in its setting, Richmal Crompton-ish in its characters, and with just a whiff of P.G. Wodehouse in its plot, this book, set in 1894, is a beautiful nostalgia trip!My first taste of Philip Pullman, and I'm hungry for more.
Just read the first of these two adventures from the 1890s. I thought they might have been a warm-up for his Sally Lockhart stories – since they’re both set in the Victorian era – but most of those were written BEFORE this. Not as gripping as the Sally L stories, but then it’s comic rather than serious. And I’m never really gripped by comic stories. But the characters are fun and it is – as are all his books – beautifully written.
Ho un debole per i romanzi per ragazzi, questo in particolare è frizzantissimo e si fa leggere con piacere.Stessa Londra vittoriana della serie di Sally Lockhart ma molto più spensierata e decisamente meno cupa.
Great story for children.
Darn good kid's fiction! Read it as an audiobook from BorrowBox, great nighttime soporific.
Not that great. Simply written.
Laugh out loud children's story. Loved it!
The first of Philip Pullman's two late 19th century set children's novels, likeable and easy going, but there's little to suggest Pullman would be capable of writing "His Dark Materials." A group of kids are on the trail of crooks passing counterfeit coins.
This was definitely a children's book for a younger audience than "Northern Lights" - in fact it's almost hard to believe it was written by the same author. I did enjoy it, especially the adult references that were thrown in there.