Is it Werewolf in London for young readers or is it Sherlock Holmes for kids?
Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones is a little bit of both.
It's part freak show with a Dickensian twist & part orphan boy overcomes all obstacles in his way.
It's also lots of running around ye olde streets of London trying to solve a murder mystery.
Jones refuses to talk down to his audience. In places, therefore, the story is dark and cruel. But friendship, determination & standing up for yourself and what's right is at the centre of the story.
Put it all together & you have a ripping yarn, full of adventure, curiosities and mayhem for mature 10+ readers.
I know you shouldn't pick books by their covers, but Walker have done a splendid job with both the hardcover book (on the left) and the paperback (on the right).