Knightley and Son (Hardcover)
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781619631533, 320pp.
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Awards for Knightley and Son: Spring 2014 Kids IndieNext Pick, ABA Indies Introduce Pick, Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2014
The once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad's old cases, and he's learned a lot about the art of detection. It's a good thing too -- because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy that involves a group of villainous masterminds (who keep appearing and then vanishing), some high-speed car chases (that will have everyone fastening their seat belts), and a national, bestselling book with the power to make people do terrible, terrible things. But because Alan is still suffering the effects of his coma, he tends to, well, fall asleep at the worst possible moments, Meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery . . . by himself.
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Praise For Knightley and Son…
“Heroes, villains and settings are all fully realized through proficient description, and contemporary technology gives way to sheer brainpower. A rousing page-turner with one fault: It ends.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Gavin has created a fun 'Sherlock Holmes'–style adventure, with modern twists and a bit of humor. The combination is skillfully done. This is a quick and fun read; a great choice for choice looking for a new mystery to dive into.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Written in a style reminiscent of Lemony Snicket and J.K. Rowling, this rousing mystery feels fresh and creepy at the same time . . . A thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read.” —Library Media Connection
“Gavin deftly paces the story, maintaining the narrative tension . . . Fans of this debut will be glad that the ending leaves the door open for sequels.” —Booklist
“Danger and excitement--not to mention quirky characters and wonderful writing--lurk around every page!” —Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and co-author of Treasure Hunters
“Knightley & Son . . . succeeds in its dual plans of unmasking a nefarious conspiracy and captivating middle-grade readers.” —The Boston Globe, Pick of the Week
“Darkus has the calculating mind, the cool attention to detail, and the abundance of tweed of a young Sherlock Holmes . . . The mystery is genuinely compelling.” —BCCB
“Chases around London, the help of a secret branch of Scotland Yard, and a host of quirky characters help drive this story.” —VOYA