Publisher's Note:  

Deep beneath the city live five extraordinary kids: world-famous hacker Jack, gadget geek Charlie, free runner Slink, communications chief Obi, and decoy expert Wren. Orphans bonded over their shared sense of justice, the kids have formed the Urban Outlaws, a group dedicated to outsmarting criminals and handing out their stolen money through Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.s).

But the kids find themselves in serious trouble when they're caught in an epic battle to control Proteus, a genius super-computer. Proteus can crack any code in the world-and steal top-secret documents in nanoseconds. It's down to the Urban Outlaws to use their guile, guts, and skill to destroy the computer, avert world domination . . . and stay alive.

Don't miss the global launch of this debut series from Peter Jay Black-the perfect mix of explosive action, cool technology, and characters with lots of heart.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children's Books

Urban Outlaws

by Peter Jay Black

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Author Peter Jay Black brings Robin Hood into the modern age with computers, parkour, and MacGyver-like ingenuity in his latest novel and first in a series Urban Outlaws. This exciting, action-packed adventure will have readers on the edge of their seat with anticipation as they wonder if the five young outlaws will get out of their latest scrape. Each of the five are orphans and wards of the state, who have banded together to make in on their own. Each has his or her own special skill/talent that they bring to the table as they "rob from the rich to give to the poor" in a modern, vigilante sort of way.


The reader comes into the story mid-stream so to say, as there is already a strong bond and familiarity among the five; they have been working together for a while. This adds to the story in that they have a relationship that is like a family in a teasing, squabbling kind of way, but also in a trusting, familiar way with one another. They continue to grow as they work together, rely on one another, and accept each other's faults and weaknesses. All of this is woven into a fast-paced adventure that takes the reader through the streets of London and continues in the next book of the series. Readers looking for another exciting English adventure series in the style of Alex Ryder won't be disappointed with this one.

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Profanity/Language:  4 religious exclamations.


Violence/Gore:  A few accounts of gun being pointed at a minor; person shot with stun gun; minors shot at with gun; secondhand account of child abuse with no details; a few accounts of minors being bound and gagged; characters punch each other; character wonders if a person was shot; character recalls how he was bullied in the past; secondhand account of death of family members; characters wonder if someone will turn out to be an a murderer who plans to kill him; character wonders if he will be killed; character is manhandled and thrown to the ground; characters dragged out of car and thrown down; character held in choke hold; implied murder of a character; a few accounts of characters being threatened with death; a few accounts of characters being held against their will and dragged around; gun fired with no injuries; character hit in the head and knocked out; character fires gun and injures another; a few accounts of characters tackling another; characters blow up a building.


Sex/Nudity:  None

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Death of parents, orphans, bullying, runaway children.

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Reviewed By Sally
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