Book Reviews

Genre: Fiction

Key Stage: KS3

Rating: ★★★★★

Sawbones, Catherine Johnson (2013)


Sawbones by Catherine Johnson is one of the best mystery books I have read. I found it informative in learning more about slavery, and the act of grave robbing.

Summary: Set in a time when doctors send their servants to raid graves for bodies, Ezra McAdam, is a young apprentice training to be as good as his ‘master’ a top London anatomist Doctor McAdam.  But when an unusual body arrives for dissection, events spiral out of control. Ezra is introduced to Miss Loveday Finch, the mourning daughter of the magician who was killed, and consequently enters a world of the mystic arts, where he is amazed by the sheer variety of performers, acts and of course, mystery.

But how was the magician killed? Truly, that is the question. Was his death was an accident, or are there are greater forces at work? That’s what Ezra wants to find out.

My thoughts:
I think this book is amazing. It was dark and this made my mind delve into the unknown. As I read, I felt excitement, wanting to know more, wanting to find out who killed who? Who is good? And who is bad?

If you liked this, you would love to read: Wild Boy and Wild Boy and the Black Terror both by Lloyd Jones.

Reviewer:  Mahdi Amin, Year 8

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