Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Starling isn't sure how to help his father, Alain, who suffers mental breakdowns. Jonathan only knows that Alain's sickness originated in Darkside-whatever or wherever that might be. When a family friend helps him enter Darkside, Jonathan's amazed: it's a seedy underbelly of London stuck in a Victorian-era time warp, inhabited by criminals, monsters, and combinations of the two. Even if Jonathan does manage to stay alive on Darkside's mean streets, can he ever unearth Alain's secret? And if he does, will anyone in London believe him?
JLG Release: Mar 2008
Awards & Honors
Book Sense Children’s Picks – Spring 2008
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 5.4; Points: 8;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.2; Points: 14;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Graphic Descriptions
Field trips, The subway, Pursuit, Disappearances, Truancy, Family, Illness, Mental hospitals, Fear, Intruders, Secrets, Books, The British Library, Kidnappers, Escape, Violence, Knives, Attacks, The Thames, Sewers, Police, Investigations, Evil, Pickpockets, Gangs, Werewolves, Bounty hunters, Cages, Animals, Private investigators, False identities, Being recognized, Vampires, Police work, Suspicion, Eavesdropping, Capture, Menageries, Barracudas, Interrogations, Video, Pity, Explanations, Bats, Double identities, Being believed, Police statements, Vanishing,