The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

Jonathan Stroud

Meet Scarlett McCain, a feisty and sharp-shooting outlaw in a futuristic Britain where surviving towns seem reassuringly familiar while the rest of the land is bleak and menacing. Meet Albert Browne, sweet-natured and awkward who has a dark, and so-far uncontrolled, talent. These are the protagonists in Jonathan Stroud’s new book which fans of his previously critically-acclaimed books Lockwood & Co and Bartimaeus will love. 

Each pursued by their enemies, the two flee across the south of England trying to escape capture and probable death. It’s an original narrative with plenty of ironic humour. The bowler-hatted assassins are memorable whilst the “Tainted” are just menacing enough to make us feel uncomfortable! 

A perfect read for Key Stage 3 pupils, readers of both mystery and fantasy will enjoy the detailed descriptions of the wild lands through which the outlaws travel and will appreciate the emerging friendship between Scarlett and Albert.

Published by Walker Books

Reviewed by Justine Daniels