#BookReview The Devil’s Porridge Gang by Colin Garrow #TheDevilsPorridgeGang @colingarrow @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours


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.

💭 My Thoughts 💭

In the town of Netherton nothing ever happens. For a group of teens this can be a very boring place to live. So, Sam and his mates, Flattybeak, Baz, Roxanne and String have to make their own adventures up to make their days interesting.

And on one particular day when they are basically up to no good and are trespassing in the pop factory. They land themselves in some hot bother. And, the story follows the gang as they unravel some dodgy goings on in their sleepy town.

This is a YA book, and I may not be the intended target audience for this book. However, I found it a nice escape and it did have a good storyline. The book is set in Newcastle and the dialogue is very Geordie, at times I did struggle with this but that’s because I’m not a huge fan of dialogue in accents.

The Devil’s Porridge Gang (such a great title) was like an adult version of the secret seven or famous five. And, is a great starting point for the series to follow.

✍🏻 About Colin Garrow ✍🏻

True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and 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.

Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine.

These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.

Thank you to Emma at DampPebbles for my stop on the blog tour, and thank you to the publishers for my gifted copy.

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