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Carnival of the Lost

Kieran Larwood
Illustrated by Sam Usher

A wonderfully murky, carnivalesque world of intrigue, unexpected friendships and mysteries solved.

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A wonderfully murky, carnivalesque world of intrigue, unexpected friendships and mysteries solved.

Sheba the wolf girl joins an unusual troupe of performers that includes Pyewacket, a witch’s imp; Gigantus the giant and Sister Moon, a knife thrower. For the first time in her life she feels she might make true friends, and learn a real stage craft. But soon that’s not all she has to think about . . .

Children are being sucked into the Thames and there have been strange sightings of a mechanical monster. The carnival troupe know first-hand that looks only tell half a story – they become determined to find these forgotten children. Perhaps they will unravel the mystery that has defied even the law!

Illustrated with black and white artwork from superstar illustrator, Sam Usher, and the first in a brand new series!

‘Thrilling, original, full of zest and wit.’ The London Times
‘An atmospheric and exciting read.’ BookTrust
‘A page-turning adventure.’ The Daily Mirror

Critic Reviews

Loving Kieran Larwood's latest, illustrated by Sam Usher. There is fog in the streets, something nasty in the water, and hairs standing up on the back of my neck.

Piers Torday
Critic Reviews

A page-turning riot that brings Victorian London to life in all its gruesome, grimy glory. Kieran Larwood's brilliant writing is so evocative that you can practically smells the streets... With fabulous illustrations from Sam Usher and witty notes explaining the historical titbits mentioned in the story, get ready for a wild, energetic ride that's impossible to resist.

Critic Reviews

Thrilling, original, full of zest and wit.

The London Times
Critic Reviews

It’s a page-turning adventure that gets under your skin – and up your nose.

The Daily Mirror
Critic Reviews

Set in a grimy, gothic Victorian London of grave-robbers and child-snatchers, with a hint of steampunk, this action-packed story makes for an atmospheric and exciting read.

Critic Reviews

A deliciously seedy Victorian world is evoked, with monsters, carnivals and colourful circus performers... Thoroughly captivating.

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Kieran Larwood was born in Kenya. He moved to the UK when he was two and lived in various places before settling on the Isle of Wight, where he can still be found: exploring rockpools, climbing trees and writing or drawing! He has done a wide range of jobs, including being an archery instructor and working the night shift in…

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