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.
“Lovingly crafted and completely enjoyable. The temptation to quote sentences, whole paragraphs, and possibly entire chapters is almost irresistible.”
“It’s a glittering conjuring act, but there’s real heart here, too.”
“Pratchett does a bang-up job of re-creating Old London, complete with pathos, humor, and danger, all narrated in Dodger’s unique voice.”
“Masterful. Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don’t miss it.”
“Pratchett weaves fact and fiction seamlessly....Genius.”
“A masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer, and it will delight you.”
“Ebullient, funny and delightful.”
“Fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph.”
“Masterly and entertaining.” (Children’s Book of the Week)
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF TERRY PRATCHETT: “Exuberant and irresistible.”
“Fun and fantastic and thoughtful.”
“Passionately wise, spectacularly hilarious, and surpassingly humane.”
“Moving and highly satisfactory.”
“Pratchett combines gut-busting humor and genuine poignancy.”
“Thrilling, humorous, moving, and most wise.”