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Dodger (Paperback)

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Welcome to Terry Pratchett’s version of Victorian London, where a guttersnipe by the name of Dodger can rise up out of the sewers to become a (sort-of) gentleman. Dodger gets by as a tosher, one who scours the sewers searching for treasures washed into the murky depths from the busy streets above. One day he rises from a drain to rescue a damsel in distress and finds himself in the middle of a mystery involving the girl’s identity and powerful foes that want her dead. Dodger is soon in the thick of things, partnering with reporter Charlie Dickens and social reformer Henry Mayhew, grappling with Sweeney Todd over a haircut, and hobnobbing with Benjamin Disraeli and Sir Robert Peel. Dodger is an appealing hero, kind enough to issue a warning about “Richards” (cockney slang involving certain dangers from “Richard the Thirds” rhyming with…) while giving the upper crust a tour of the sewers. A well-researched setting, great characters, sly jokes (of course!), action and adventure, and hopefully, true love, make Dodger simply irresistible.

— From Linda's Latest List


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.

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.

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.”
— 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)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062009517
ISBN-10: 0062009516
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Pages: 368
Language: English