Joey is a coster boy in the East End of London - selling oranges out of his shallow basket to make his living.
He feels a bit different from the other barrow boys, as he knows that there is a mystery in his past - people say his real father was a lord.
The mystery deepens when a man is murdered, and Joey becomes the chief suspect.
He goes into hiding, but is determined to find out the truth both about the murder and about his father.
Set in the first half of the nineteenth century, this is a beautifully-researched and atmospherically-written historical thriller. * Alison Prince was joint winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award with "The Sherwood Hero". * A wonderful, atmospheric thriller full of rich period detail. * Appealing, Dickensian characters and action. * Author lives on the Isle of Arran.
W 2002 Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year Award