Boy Versus Rat Dog written by Justin D’Arth
Published by Penguin Books
Sometimes it felt like Colt’s T-shirt was shrinking right on his body. But that only happened when his superpower was kicking in.
Thirteen-year-old Colt has super-human strength. And only one other person knows about it – Birdy who is 10 years old and performs in the circus with Colt. Birdy helps Colt by carrying food for him and being his second pair of eyes.
Sometimes Colt and Birdy put on clown outfits and rescue people from burning buildings and angry dogs. So, Colt spends some of his life as a very hungry, red-haired clown who has super-human strength, and some of his life working out how to stop his mum getting suspicious about why he eats and sleeps so much. Super-human strength can really sap your energy.
In a future world of technology in which the iPhone (‘eye-phone’) is antique and animals are almost extinct, Colt and Lucy have to solve the problem of a stolen elephant and the real cause of the ‘accidental’ death of a rat dog.
The theme of Boy Versus Rat Dog is that everyone has a gift and each one can choose to use their gift for good or evil.
This book would appeal to middle-grade kids who’ve read books like the Bureau of Mysteries by H.J. Harper. Boy Versus Rat Dog has been published by Penguin.
Boy Versus Rat Dog is one of the best-written books I’ve read for a long time. The quality of the writing plus the way the book is structured makes it a rewarding book for people of all ages. It’s the fourth book in the Lost World Circus series and, even though it’s the first of the series I’ve read, it was easy to get into the characters and the story.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Justin D’Arth
Title: Boy Versus Rat Dog
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0143307290, 9780143307297
Published: July 2013