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Dodger (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

Since I was introduced to the works of Terry Pratchett by a couple of
dear friends about ten years ago, there has not been a fall season that
hasn’t included a book by him. This fall brings us a stand alone novel called Dodger
that tells the story of an artful young street urchin trying to figure
out the whys and werefores of an assault upon a strange girl. A deft
combination of fantasy and history, Dodger rubs elbows with such
characters as Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, and Sweeny Todd. Sure
to be a great read for any age.

— Joe


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 girlnot 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.

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.

Praise For…

-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

-Daily Mail (London)

“Fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph.”

“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)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062009494
ISBN-10: 0062009494
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Pages: 368
Language: English