Two Crafty Criminals! by Philip Pullman

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Benny Kaminsky and Thunderbolt Dobney lead a rag-tag gang of neighborhood rowdies. Their territory is the New Cut on London's South Bank—a place bristling with swindlers, bookies, pickpockets, and the occasional policeman. And their aim is to solve crimes.

When counterfeit coins start showing up in their neighborhood, Thunderbolt fears his own father may be behind the crime. But his friends devise a way to trap the real culprit. Then the gang takes on the case of some stolen silver. They have just two clues—a blob of wax, and an unusually long match. But even this slippery thief is unmasked by the determined kids of the New Cut.

Filled with silly sleuthing, improbable disguises, crazy ruses, and merry mayhem, these stories are action-packed romps from one of the best storytellers ever—Philip Pullman.

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About Philip Pullman

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PHILIP PULLMAN won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. His books include the internationally renowned His Dark Materials trilogy. Mr. Pullman lives with his wife in Oxford, England.
Published May 8, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Two 1994 novellas—Thunderbolt’s Waxwork and The Gas-Fitters’ Ball—plunge readers into the colorful melee of 1894 London in this satisfying, slapstick U.S. debut starring the intrepid boy and girl detectives of the New Cut Gang.

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The comedy is broad, with a distinct British accent, but readers will find affinity with the gang’s aim to lead more exciting lives, especially when that requires skipping school to solve a crime (“[M]ost of them regarded the School Board as the slow-witted opponent in a delightful game, and ...

Mar 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Two Crafty Criminals!


These kids are street smart --- as evidenced by their skill at catching the aforementioned criminals --- but they "regarded the School Board as the slow-witted opponent in a delightful game, and played hookey at the slightest opportunity."

Jul 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Two Crafty Criminals!

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Because the book was written in authentic language, with vocabulary used during Victorian times, low level readers would become frustrated very quickly because the words were so different.

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