Midnight Is a Place, by Joan Aiken

A dark, interesting kids book with well-developed characters. Themes: industrialization, child labor, and factory work. Midnight Is A Place. Joan Aiken. Best Thing: Forget the crocodiles in New York's sewers, these people have man-eating boars. Worst Thing: The happy ending. Not that I wanted bad things to happen to the characters! It just seemed like a cop out.