The Adventures of the New Cut Gang

The Adventures of the New Cut Gang Benny Thunderbolt Bridie Sharky and the Peretti twins are a mixed bunch of vagabonds and urchins who come together to form the New Cut Gang in two comic tales of stolen silver and skulduggery Fake

  • Title: The Adventures of the New Cut Gang
  • Author: Philip Pullman
  • ISBN: 9781849921039
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • Benny, Thunderbolt, Bridie, Sharky and the Peretti twins are a mixed bunch of vagabonds and urchins who come together to form the New Cut Gang in two comic tales of stolen silver and skulduggery.Fake coins are turning up all over Lambeth and the finger of suspicion is pointing at Thunderbolt s dad could he really be the forger The crime busting New Cut Gang come to theBenny, Thunderbolt, Bridie, Sharky and the Peretti twins are a mixed bunch of vagabonds and urchins who come together to form the New Cut Gang in two comic tales of stolen silver and skulduggery.Fake coins are turning up all over Lambeth and the finger of suspicion is pointing at Thunderbolt s dad could he really be the forger The crime busting New Cut Gang come to the rescue And when just two clues a blob of wax and a Swedish match are discovered at the scene of a break in, the children find themselves on the trail of an extremely cunning criminal.Set in late Victorian London, these gripping thrillers have now been put together in a single volume with new illustrations throughout from Horrible Histories illustrator, Martin Brown.

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    1. Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!The kids of the New Cut Gang live in that charmed and whimsical world children inhabit until the crush of adulthood and responsibility; adults fall in line with their demands and nothing is impossible for the likes of Benny, Thunderbolt, Bridie and Sharky Boy - not even uncovering dastardly criminals or even meeting the Prince of Wales. Philip Pullman's latest publication might not stand level with the likes of the His Dark Materials trilogy but Two [...]

    2. I truly loved the books of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy — The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass — despite a streak of darkness in that magical children’s series, but I was totally put off by Pullman’s contrarian cruelty in the second of the Sally Lockhart mysteries, The Shadow of the North, which I quit reading even though I was nearly to the end.Despite that, Two Crafty Criminals!: and how they were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut [...]

    3. The minute I saw this one in NetGalley, I wanted it desperately, because I loved the His Dark Materials series. Two Crafty Criminals is quite a different story than those books. In fact, the book isn't so much a book as two shorter books bound into one. This could just as easily have been published as two volumes in a series.Two Crafty Criminals! reads kind of like a television show for kids, one where they solve mysteries or commit hijinks along a particular plot line in each episode. The third [...]

    4. Two Crafty Criminals! and How They Were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang is actually a really long, unwieldy new title for two previously released UK novellas: Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas-Fitters' Ball. These two hilarious stories tell the adventures of a 'gang' of enchanting, lively, quirky, kids in Victorian England.Once again, Pullman has crafted characters that dwell in the reader's mind rather than the page. These kids are real kids: by turns smart, clueless, brav [...]

    5. Do you know if there are criminals where you live ? This book is a action book because it has robbers, criminals , and detectives . I think the book was okay could have been way better .The setting of the book is London 1895 . The detectives wanted to catch the criminals but they were really sneaky so it was really hard for them . This is person VS person because it is the criminals vs the detectives . The theme of the book is nothing comes easy because it took them a while to find the criminals [...]

    6. I was not a fan of Pullman's The Golden Compass but when I saw this book on the shelf of the local bookstore it looked like something right up the alley of my 9-year-old son and I was right. I read it aloud to him and he (and I) absolutely loved it. These are two short tales of a Victorian-era gang of children who solve mysteries in their town of Lambeth. My son said it reminded him of Emil and the Detectives, which is another favorite of ours. I appreciated the opportunity to teach him about t [...]

    7. Funny and entertaining - meant for young audiencesever as an older person I enjoy the colorful characters, Pullman's detailed and humorous depictions, and the antics of children and adults alike. The kids set out to be detectives in London, and are innovative and daring. I find myself chuckling at the witticisms in the story. My 2nd time listening to this audiobook. If you need something light, if you like humor that might be a little more subtle, and stories about wily kidsis might just be the [...]

    8. Two mysteries to solve, & the New Cut Gang is ready and willing. The kids are sweet & intelligent, and fiercely loyal to friends & family. Suspicious coins lead to a hilarious scene with a store mannequin, and a unique corset. A lovers’ triangle is in the middle of a heist of silver, homing pigeons, and a grand ball. All of these events make for fun, fast reading that feels good by the end.

    9. The kids are rough around the edges and spunky, thinking themselves tough and daring when usually ridiculous. The solemn way they pursue strange plans is endearing. It makes me want my own kids to have a hideout and roam the streets of the city looking for criminals. A good read.

    10. The Adventures of the New Cut Gang is a bind up of 2 stories by Philip Pullman that were originally published in the 1990's - Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas-Fitters' Ball. This is a beautiful hardback edition and has been wonderfully illustrated by Martin Brown making it a lovely book to hold a permanent position on any bookshelf. I hadn't read either of these stories before but as a fan of Philip Pullman I couldn't wait to get stuck in and I definitely wasn't disappointed.In Thunderbolt's Wa [...]

    11. Two Crafty Criminals by Phillip Pullman is a collection of two stories, featuring a group of young detectives called the New Cut Gang, that were previously published individually in '96 and '98. The stories really are separate from each other and even feature different gang members. The first story, Thunderbolt's Waxwork, follows Sam/Thunderbolt as he tries to figure out who is making the fake currency that has been showing up all over town. His father is suspected, and even Thunderbolt is not e [...]

    12. These are classic kids' stories: fast-paced, funny and exciting. The Victorian setting allows Pullman's gang to roam around, getting into scrapes and generally being much more independent than is possible for contemporary kids. And of course, that's at least half the fun - kids will love imagining they could have such adventures. Parents will also find these reminiscent of beloved stories from their own childhood. Although they are entirely suitable for a confident reader to read alone, they're [...]

    13. I think it would be nearly impossible to read these books and to be unhappy while doing so. The sheer charm and cheekiness of the main characters completely won me over as did the lighthearted tone of a romp. These stories are not very serious and there are many comedic moments that left me chuckle.This book is actually two short stories featuring an overlapping cast of characters but focusing on different mysteries. I found the first one confusing due to the many different personalities present [...]

    14. Pullman brings a strong sense of time and place to this exhilarating adventure in the streets of London. Readers are immediately thrown into a quirky, working class neighborhood and the team of adventure-seeking scamps who are to be our guides. It takes a couple of chapters to start to make sense of who is who and what they're up to, but once you get it all straight, it's a pretty amusing trip full of mystery, disguises (some less effective than others), a bit of danger, and no shortage of hare- [...]

    15. This twosome of books is about the New Cut gang, a gang of well-meaning children based in Victorian Lambeth. On Philip Pullman's website he says:"Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas-Fitters' Ball are two of my favourites among my stories. There was going to be a series of six of them, but the editor who commissioned them at Puffin left to go to another publisher, and somehow they got abandoned."They're funny (I hope) tales about the children in the New Cut Gang, a mixed bunch of vagabonds and rasc [...]

    16. This is literally a book about two criminals, as told in two different stories. And it has been a joy to read about the children of the New Cut Gang and their adventures. The two primary characters are Benny, the leader, and Thunderbolt, a smart kid nicknamed as such after he knocked down a member of another gang.The members of the New Cut Gang have distinct, merry personalities. The key characters all take a turn at telling their part of the story as needed for the plot to move forward, and it [...]

    17. A good solid story. I'm not sure how interesting it would be to kids in America. The British slang might be tough. I'm a big fan of Pullman's writing. That's why I picked it up. It was fun but not awesome.

    18. Philip Pullman's Two Crafty Criminals consists of two novellas--Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas Fitter's Ball. Like The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) the stories were probably written for youth, but they are at least as likely (or more) to be appreciated by adults, and like The Golden Compass et al, they are set in Victorian England with a lot of accurate historical trivia. Thunderbolt's Waxwork does have a head scuplted by Benny, not Thunderbolt, which gets placed in the Horror section [...]

    19. Review by MadisonThis book combines 2 stories in one. The first being that of Thunderbolts Waxwork, the other The Gas Fitters Ball.The main characters in both books are Sharky Bob, Bridie, Benny, Thunderbolt aka Sam alongside the twins, Angela and Zerlina. The book follows them through the 2 mysteries which they have to solve together as The New Cut Gang. In Thunderbolts Waxwork fake coins are being given out while in The Gas Fitters Ball £10,000 of silver is stolen. The New Cut Gang have to so [...]

    20. In 1895, the New Cut Gang in London consists of their (often too) inventive leader Benny, clumsy Thunderbolt, Irish Bridie and her little brother Sharky who will eat literally anything, and the two Perletti sisters Angela and Zerlina who look like angels, but as Benny says, are too dangerous not to have in the gang. In this book they solve two mysteries and capture two nefarious criminals, because really, the police are just not smart enough to do it on their own.This book is mostly pure romp--r [...]

    21. The Adventures of the New Cut Gang combines the two previous books released in the series (Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas-fitter's Ball) into one novel. Both stories are very accessible and relatable to children, with quirky characters that play detective and get into exciting adventures. Of course they're much more clever than the local policemen and always manage to solve the mysteries they encounter. Albeit the book is predictable at times and some of the storylines are a bit too convenien [...]

    22. I'm not sure why they're only now re-releasing some of Philip Pullman's stories for younger children here in the States, but I'm so glad about it. He does a fantastic job of evoking time & place, fully sketching characters, adding quite a dash of droll humor, & also making a happy ending. This book is actually two in one, both stories about the "New Cut Gang," a group of four kids living in the London neighborhood of Lambeth, who are remarkably good at solving mysteries while just having [...]

    23. Pullman is suitably pictured in the back of this book with an impish grin on his face. This book is full of idiosyncratic characters and plenty of slapstick comedy stemming from them. It's also full of frolicsome plot twists that are neatly tidied up in a short enough time for a confident 10 year old to enjoy. The main characters range in age from about 8 years (roaming around Lambeth at midnight on their own) to about 12 years. A healthy mix of boys and girls, all strong characters. I don't kno [...]

    24. I have never rated a book 4 stars or less. I've rated this 3. This book was all over the place, and hard to follow. First, I was reading from Thunderbolts perspective, and then I was reading from someone else's, and then someones else again etc etc, and that kinda threw me all over the place, and made it hard to keep up with what was going on. What basically did happen was thunderbolts father went to jail, and the new cut gang solved a mystery about the coining going on. But that was only the fi [...]

    25. This set of two mysteries was fun, but not spectacular. I listened to the book in the car and I enjoyed it. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars, but it's not quite a 4, so there you go. The mysteries take place in London (not 100% certain of the time - but it is in the past - I must not have been paying attention 100% of the time while listening). The second mystery was better - easier to follow. In the first, Thunderbolt and his friends are trying to clear Thunderbolt's father of what they think i [...]

    26. Each character in the New Cut Gang is exactly that a Character! Pullman paints a picture of Victorian England's working man's world, complete with rival neighborhood gangs, children who admire good grown-ups and parents who don't beat their children. This delightful book contains two stories that kept me grinning and rooting for the Gang on every page.Benny is an " Artful Dodger", but with a good family. Thunderbolt lives alone with his dad and they love each other dearly. Bridie sleeps with fo [...]

    27. The first thing I've ever picked up by Phillip Pullman was His Dark Materials book 1,The Golden Compass which I was absolutely floored by. When I finished the trilogy, got a account and learned that he wrote MORE THINGS I just knew I had to find them.I was not disappointed. Every book I've read by him is gold. This was no exception. Two Crafty Criminals and how they were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang was every bit as charming, as fun and as snarky as I would expect from [...]

    28. With new illustrations from the horrible histories team this is a double bill of books previously published in the 90's. Set in victorian england featuring children age 6-13.I would say the target readers age would be around 8-9 years. That said my children aged 8 + 10 couldnt raise any interest in reading or being read this book. Id put that down to the slow start where nothing interesting happens together with too many charactors who you dont get to know well enough before the story moves on.A [...]

    29. This book is actually two novellas: “Thunderbolt’s Waxwork” and “The Gas-Fitters’ Ball.” I listened to these stories during a long car ride and was highly entertained. Pullman has created an engaging and great group of characters. The kids - of the New Cut Gang - are the stars as they solve mysteries and prove themselves to be smarter than the adults.There was lots of great humour and adventure, and I can see kids really enjoying reading or listening to these stories. I also really e [...]

    30. Two Crafty Criminals! is a fun bundle of hijinks, action, and humor. It portrays 1890s London quite well, particularly in the dialect, but also in numerous historical details and in the general “feel” of the story. The style is a bit younger in intended audience and more hyperbolic that I’m used to seeing in Pullman’s writing, but it works well for the story. Actually, for both stories, as this book was originally published as two shorter stories (around 125 pages each), Thunderbolt’s [...]

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