Review: The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham

The Luck Uglies, written by Paul Durham and published by Harper Collins.

Luck Uglies was a name whispered around the docks and darkest taverns, places the law dare not tread…

Rye has grown up hearing the legend of the Luck Uglies – notorious deadly outlaws who once stalked the streets. Now they have faded to ghosts and rumours and Rye isn’t sure they ever existed. Then on the night of the Black Moon, a mysterious stranger known only as Harmless, steps from the shadows to save Rye’s life and Rye learns that sometimes it takes a villain to save you from the monsters…

At almost 9, my daughter is a confident reader and often reads books aimed at 9+ years. She did find this book quite challenging as not only does it contain difficult words, it also includes many fictional words and phrases, such as Bog Noblins and cackle fruit, although the book does have a glossary to look these words up. Learning so many new words should help to improve the vocabulary in her own writing too. Although she enjoyed the story, I think if she read it again in a couple of years she would be able to understand a lot more, therefore I’d personally recommend it for ages 11+. Here’s what she thought:

The Luck Uglies is an imaginative book with adventurous characters! My favourite characters are Constable Boil, Harmless and Rye because they make a good team. Together Rye and Harmless save the village and the book has a good ending, where Rye, Folly and Quinn each receive a magical item. I would recommend the book to children aged 9-11, it has some difficult words but an awesome adventure in it. The good thing is I learnt loads of new words, like momentum and unscrupulous!


We received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.


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