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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062009494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062009494
  • ASIN: 0062009494
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Superb.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“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))

PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF TERRY PRATCHETT:“Exuberant and irresistible.” (Washington Post)

“Fun and fantastic and thoughtful.” (Chicago Tribune)

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

“Moving and highly satisfactory.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Pratchett combines gut-busting humor and genuine poignancy.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

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

From the Back Cover

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.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rick whiteley on Nov. 7 2012
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I'm always amazed at how well Pratchett researches his books. Having read Mayhew's books as well I feel I had a lot more out of it than someone who is not familiar with Victorian London. Although the plot line is definitely one for juvenile readers, would they appreciate the accuracy and depth of the social background? Tony Robinson does a fantastic job of reading Pratchett's books as usual.
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This is classic Terry Pratchett, with some Dickens thrown in for good measure. It tells the story of Dodger, who meets author Charles Dickens during his adventures, and inspires the character of the same name in Oliver Twist. If you are familiar with Dickens, you'll appreciate the little references to famous lines from his books which he notes for later use.
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A suspense novel set in the early nineteenth century, or thereabouts. Where the Discworld novels bend reality, this book makes it grubby and sinister. There's some humour but it's mainly about surviving and triumphing in adverse circumstances. All in all, a satisfying story.
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By P. J. Clements TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14 2013
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I think Terry Pratchett must have decided the reading public needed a break from the Discworld, releasing this and the awful Long Earth. Dodger is a good read however, although you do get a little tired of the use of real characters and constant use of the same phrases.
Myself i look forward to a new Discworld novel.
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By MB on Nov. 23 2014
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I haven't actually gotten to read it it yet, but Pratchett never lets me down!
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