The Devil’s Porridge Gang was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: The Devil’s Porridge Gang
Author: Colin Garrow
Publication Date: July 30th 2015
Genre: middle grade mystery
Rating: 4 stars
1969. In a town where nothing happens, a gang of kids uncover a kidnapping plot.
In the days following the excitement of the moon landings, a group of criminals plan to kidnap the son of a Government rocket engineer – but they don’t expect a gang of kids to get in the way…
Sam Todd dreams of adventure and longs for something exciting to happen for him and his friends. When he and the gang try to add a touch of excitement to their lives by stealing empty bottles from a pop factory, they are easily caught. But the consequences lead them back to the factory where they begin to uncover a villainous scheme.
THE DEVIL’S PORRIDGE GANG is book #1 in this Sixties adventure series.
I don’t normally read a lot of middle grade novels but I was really intrigued by this premise so I took a shot and really enjoyed this one. We follow Sam and his “Gang” the devil’s porridge gang as they are trying to entertain themselves as the summer holidays start. All of a sudden they end up caught in quite a dangerous situation.
Although, I’m not the target audience for this story I was thoroughly entertained and had a really fun reading experience. I definitely believe children will love this story and be a little scared at the situations that Sam and his gang get into.
I really loved Sam as a main character, he was smart, funny, very loyal and very brave for such a young child. He done everything in his power to keep all his friends safe.
Throughout this read I did enjoy Colin Garrow’s commentary on race as one of our main characters is black.
The one thing I found jarring was the Geordie dialect in this story. It took me a little while to understand what was being said an that’s the only complaint I have about this great middlegrade mystery/thriller.
About the Author
Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland. He has worked in a plethora of professions including: taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate.
All Colin’s books are available as eBooks and most are also out in paperback, too. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Word Bohemia, Every Day Fiction, The Grind, A3 Review, 1,000 Words, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. He currently lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories, poems and the occasional song.