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ISBN13: 9780062009517
ISBN10: 0062009516
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Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett's Dodger, a Printz Honor Book, combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy's rise in a fantasy-infused Victorian London.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

Review:

“Compulsively readable.” Washington Post

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“Lovingly crafted and completely enjoyable. The temptation to quote sentences, whole paragraphs, and possibly entire chapters is almost irresistible.” Booklist (starred review)

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“It's a glittering conjuring act, but there's real heart here, too.” Horn Book (starred review)

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“Pratchett does a bang-up job of re-creating Old London, complete with pathos, humor, and danger, all narrated in Dodger's unique voice.” School Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

“Masterful. Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don't miss it.” Kirkus Reviews

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“Pratchett weaves fact and fiction seamlessly....Genius.” Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Review:

“A masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer, and it will delight you.” Cory Doctorow, New York Times Bestselling author

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“Ebullient, funny and delightful.” The Guardian

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“Wonderful.” Daily Mail (London)

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“Fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph.” SFX (UK)

Review:

“Masterly and entertaining.” (Children's Book of the Week) Sunday Times (London)

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“Superb.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Synopsis:

Dodger is a tosher — a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Victorian London. Everyone who is nobody knows him. Anybody who is anybody doesn't. He used to know his own future; it involved a lot of brick-lined tunnels and plenty of filth. But when Dodger rescues a young girl from a beating, meets Charles Dickens, and encounters Sweeney Todd, things start to get really messy.

Now everyone who is anyone wants to get their hands on Dodger....

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett's many honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Printz Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Britain's Carnegie Medal, the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for lasting contribution to young adult literature, and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. His books have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. Knighted for his "services to literature," Sir Terry lives in England with his wife and many cats.

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Cora, April 23, 2014 (view all comments by Cora)
Dodger, a YA historical fantasy, won a Printz Honor Book award in 2013. Brief summary: Dodger, the 17-year-old protagonist, is a “tosher”: someone who searches the London sewers for lost valuables. Dodger is quick to point out that he does okay in the nasty sewers; he makes as much money as a chimney sweep without polluting his lungs. Dodger saves a young woman from certain death, becomes quite smitten with her, and helps find her assailants. He is befriended by “Charlie” Dickens and Henry Mayhew and other historical people of influence in Victorian London.

That’s all I’m giving out because I don’t want to ruin the fun of reading the book and discovering the details for yourself.


7 Reasons Why I Like Dodger:

1) It’s a crazy, zany story with improbable and quirky elements.


2) The humor, the word play, and Victorian slang is the kind language that I find fun to read.


3) The historical characters show up: “Charlie” Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Henry Mayhew, and Angela Burdett-Coutts.


4) A fictional character makes an appearance: Sweeney Todd.


5) The completely enjoyed the references to Charles Dickens’ characters and books; that Dickens did create some of this characters from people he’d met makes this book that much more interesting. “Charlie” makes some pretty amusing notes in his writer’s notebook, and early on in the novel, it’s clear that Dodger will become a character in a Dickens novel. In an interview about Dodger, Pratchett says the book has elements of Oliver Twist; I noticed a lot of Great Expectations elements.


6) This sounds a little gross, but I liked the descriptions of the London sewers.


7) The mixture of historical London with fantasy London seems playful as if Pratchett is winking at the reader.



3 Critiques:

1) The plot was predictable, but the book was so much fun to read that I didn’t care.


2) Simplicity, the girl he saves, isn’t a fully developed character; I would have liked a more complex character.


3) We never hear all of Simplicity’s story. Imagine me stomping my foot and saying, “I have some questions about her story that I wanted answered.”


Recommendation:

If you are a huge Discworld fan and expect more of the same, you’re not going to get it in Dodger. However, I found a lot of Discworld flavor in the language and some of the inferences. It’s an excellent YA book; it has Terry Pratchett’s humor, wit, and zaniness, and it’s a fun read. If you think some of the Discworld books are a little dark, you’ll find that Dodger is an optimistic young man and his optimism infects the book.

One more thing, make sure you read Pratchett’s note at the end. He explains some of the historical people who show up in the novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062009517
Author:
Pratchett, Terry
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20130924
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.828829 in 10.4 oz
Age Level:
from 13

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Product details 368 pages HarperCollins - English 9780062009517 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Compulsively readable.”
"Review" by , “Lovingly crafted and completely enjoyable. The temptation to quote sentences, whole paragraphs, and possibly entire chapters is almost irresistible.”
"Review" by , “It's a glittering conjuring act, but there's real heart here, too.”
"Review" by , “Pratchett does a bang-up job of re-creating Old London, complete with pathos, humor, and danger, all narrated in Dodger's unique voice.”
"Review" by , “Masterful. Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don't miss it.”
"Review" by , “Pratchett weaves fact and fiction seamlessly....Genius.”
"Review" by , “A masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer, and it will delight you.”
"Review" by , “Ebullient, funny and delightful.”
"Review" by , “Wonderful.”
"Review" by , “Fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph.”
"Review" by , “Masterly and entertaining.”
"Review" by , “Superb.”
"Synopsis" by , Dodger is a tosher — a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Victorian London. Everyone who is nobody knows him. Anybody who is anybody doesn't. He used to know his own future; it involved a lot of brick-lined tunnels and plenty of filth. But when Dodger rescues a young girl from a beating, meets Charles Dickens, and encounters Sweeney Todd, things start to get really messy.

Now everyone who is anyone wants to get their hands on Dodger....

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