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Dodgerby Terry Pratchett
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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.
“Compulsively readable.” Washington Post
“Lovingly crafted and completely enjoyable. The temptation to quote sentences, whole paragraphs, and possibly entire chapters is almost irresistible.” Booklist (starred review)
“It's a glittering conjuring act, but there's real heart here, too.” Horn Book (starred review)
“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)
“Masterful. Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don't miss it.” Kirkus Reviews
“Pratchett weaves fact and fiction seamlessly....Genius.” Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
“A masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer, and it will delight you.” Cory Doctorow, New York Times Bestselling author
“Ebullient, funny and delightful.” The Guardian
“Wonderful.” Daily Mail (London)
“Fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph.” SFX (UK)
“Masterly and entertaining.” (Children's Book of the Week) Sunday Times (London)
“Superb.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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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