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This has nothing to do with my 52AZ book challenge, but while I was in one of those discount bookstores I saw this for 50p and bought it. They say you should never judge a book by its cover but I certainly do. If they don't make an effort with the outside then it stands to reason they won't with the inside content. I'm sure there's some logic there right?
Scarper Jack is probably aimed at 11 or 12 year olds I'd say, possibly younger. It's about how a chimney sweep, a sewer dwelling girl and a well-to-do boy try and solve a grisly murder. It's not overly complicated, especially considering the audience it's written for but it's a decent enough children's murder story. It never feels like the author, Christopher Russell has tried to add more information than you can digest.
There's always a temptation with the crime/mystery genre, to add as many red herrings as you can but more often than not, this just bulks the book needlessly.
Here you have the right amount of characters and settings to create a decent story. We don't perhaps learn as much about the trio of children as we could do. They're not exactly Harry, Ron and Hermione, but then again, this is no seven installments of Harry Potter. It's designed to be a quick read and easily digested and it does the job well.
I'll give it 3.5/5. If there was a bit more description of the main characters it could've jumped up to a 4/5.