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. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)
My thoughts: First let me start by telling you that the CPL doesn't actually own this book, but if you have a RI library card and an electronic device (ie. laptop, tablet, Iphone) you can get this book in e-book format from the Ocean State Libraries e-zone. With that being disclosed, let me tell you.. this book was wonderful.
Sir Terry Pratchett, one of my all time favorite authors, did not disappoint! This book, although different than Pratchett's usual fantasy/comedy novels, was nonetheless super cute and hard to put down. I enjoyed that this story was filled with Dickensian (think Charles Dickens) details and the humor that Pratchett is known for.
I adored the character of Dodger, who I'm sure was meant to represent the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist. Dodger is both resourceful and kindhearted. I also very much enjoyed the mystery element to the story and all the British slang that was common in London during that time period. This book contains many historically accurate tidbits, as well as some embellished historical events and details that make this a historical fantasy. This story also points out the class distinctions that were common and shows the reader the everyday struggle and hardship experienced by the common folk and the poor in London's underbelly.