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Dodger (Hardcover)

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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


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.

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
Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Pages: 368
Language: English