A Printz Honor Book*
Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett's Dodger, 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.
Age recommendation: 13 and up
“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
* The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.