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ISBN13: 9780062009494
ISBN10: 0062009494
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A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's... Dodger.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl — not even if 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.

Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett combines high comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boy's rise in a complex and fascinating world.

Review:

"This superb novel from Pratchett is relatively subdued in its humor and contains virtually no fantasy, beyond a flavoring of early Victorian alternate history. It's not only a fine Dickensian novel — Dickens himself figures prominently. It follows a sewer-scouring 'tosher' and thief named Dodger, 'a skinny young man who moved with the speed of a snake,' who, like a knight in soiled armor, leaps out of a drain one night to protect a young woman who is being severely beaten. Two of London's most famous figures, Charles Dickens and social reformer Henry Mayhew, appear on the scene a moment later. A complex plot gradually unravels involving the identity of the mystery girl, known only as Simplicity, and the reasons someone powerful wants her dead. Making guest appearances are such luminaries as Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria, and Angela Burdett-Coutts, the richest woman in the world at the time. Full of eccentric characters and carefully detailed London scenes, the tale embodies both Dickens's love for the common man and a fierce desire for social justice. Ages 13 – up. Agent: Colin Smythe. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

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"Exuberant and irresistible." Washington Post

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"Fun and fantastic and thoughtful." Chicago Tribune

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"Passionately wise, spectacularly hilarious, and surpassingly humane." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"Thrilling, humorous, moving, and most wise." Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)

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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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"Wonderful." Daily Mail (London)

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

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"Masterly and entertaining." Sunday Times (London)

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide and have been translated into nearly forty languages. In 2009 Queen Elizabeth II knighted Pratchett in recognition of his "services to literature." Sir Terry lives in England.

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Maurice, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Maurice)
Definitely the most readable book of 2012, Very entertaining and very clever. It was very difficult to put it down and, as soon as I finished it, I had to read it again.
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david shapiro, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by david shapiro)
Wit and warmth; or creativity and kindness. Pratchett's writing exemplifies these traits more and more. Dodger is a departure from the author's widely loved series of fantasies set in Discworld, but it is no departure from the loving worldview his followers relish. He bandies names we know from history and from other fiction, ranging from The Artful Dodger, the protagonist, to Benjamin Disraeli, who is more of a bit player. I was afraid that this would mean "me too" adoptions, but Pratchett is way too skillful and funny a writer to need Dickens's help to make his story fly. I hope he had a ball writing this. We certainly have had a delightful time reading and--yes, already--rereading Dodger.
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KitKat_317, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by KitKat_317)
Tho I haven't read this book yet, I am sure it's great cuz Terry Pratchett can do no wrong! I'm a huge fan, clearly, and want him to win every award it is possible to win. Including a 2013 Puddly.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062009494
Author:
Pratchett, Terry
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.17 in 18 oz
Age Level:
from 13

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Product details 368 pages HarperCollins - English 9780062009494 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This superb novel from Pratchett is relatively subdued in its humor and contains virtually no fantasy, beyond a flavoring of early Victorian alternate history. It's not only a fine Dickensian novel — Dickens himself figures prominently. It follows a sewer-scouring 'tosher' and thief named Dodger, 'a skinny young man who moved with the speed of a snake,' who, like a knight in soiled armor, leaps out of a drain one night to protect a young woman who is being severely beaten. Two of London's most famous figures, Charles Dickens and social reformer Henry Mayhew, appear on the scene a moment later. A complex plot gradually unravels involving the identity of the mystery girl, known only as Simplicity, and the reasons someone powerful wants her dead. Making guest appearances are such luminaries as Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria, and Angela Burdett-Coutts, the richest woman in the world at the time. Full of eccentric characters and carefully detailed London scenes, the tale embodies both Dickens's love for the common man and a fierce desire for social justice. Ages 13 – up. Agent: Colin Smythe. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Masterful. Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don't miss it."
"Review" by , "Exuberant and irresistible."
"Review" by , "Fun and fantastic and thoughtful."
"Review" by , "Passionately wise, spectacularly hilarious, and surpassingly humane."
"Review" by , "Thrilling, humorous, moving, and most wise."
"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 , "Wonderful."
"Review" by , "Fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph."
"Review" by , "Masterly and entertaining."
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