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Darkside

By: Tom Becker

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?

ISBN: 9780545037396

JLG Release: Mar 2008


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Graphic Descriptions
Topics: 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

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Awards & Honors

Book Sense Children’s Picks – Spring 2008

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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After his father goes mad, Jonathan is chased by kidnappers into the Darkside, a horrifying pseudo-Victorian corner of London he's never seen before. With the help of a werewolf private detective, Jonathan learns more about his dark and dangerous route. Though it resolves too quickly, the deliciously creepy narrative moves swiftly through Jonathan' After his father goes mad, Jonathan is chased by kidnappers into the Darkside, a horrifying pseudo-Victorian corner of London he's never seen before. With the help of a werewolf private detective, Jonathan learns more about his dark and dangerous route. Though it resolves too quickly, the deliciously creepy narrative moves swiftly through Jonathan's gruesome adventure.

Book Details

ISBN

9780545037396

First Release

March 2008

Genre

Horror.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.4; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.2; Points: 14;

Lexile

Level 790L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Orchard

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Graphic Descriptions

Topics

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,

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