By Terry Pratchett
Beloved and bestselling writer Sir Terry Pratchett's Dodger, a Printz Honor e-book, combines excessive comedy with deep knowledge in a story of 1 impressive boy's upward thrust in a fantasy-infused Victorian London.
Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content material as a sewer scavenger. yet he enters a brand new international whilst he rescues a tender woman from a beating, and her destiny affects one of the most strong humans in England.
From Dodger's come across with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his conferences with the nice author Charles Dickens and the calculating baby-kisser Benjamin Disraeli, historical past and myth intertwine in a wide ranging account of experience and mystery.
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He gestured to the opposite individual within the room. ‘This, in fact, is my spouse Jane, whom i feel you met previous yet haven't been brought to as but. My pricey, this is often Mister Dodger, the saviour of damsels in misery, as i think you recognize. ’ Dodger wasn’t occasionally sure that he understood what Mister Mayhew was once announcing, yet he idea it'd be good to show, simply in case there will be hassle later, ‘There was once just one damsel in misery, sir – if the damsel potential a woman, after all. yet only one, sir. ’ Mrs Mayhew – who were sitting beside the woman, a soup bowl and spoon in her hand – stood up and held out her hand. ‘One damsel in misery, certainly, Mister Dodger. How silly of my husband to think that there could be a couple of. ’ She smiled, and so did her husband, and Dodger puzzled if he had overlooked a few form of funny story, yet Mrs Mayhew hadn’t entire but. Dodger knew approximately households, and husbands and better halves; frequently, other halves helped their menfolk who offered stuff at the streets like baked potatoes and sandwiches – even though baked potatoes have been constantly a deal with – and entire households labored on the online game. Dodger, who had the attention for this kind of factor, watched the households and watched their faces and watched how they spoke to each other, and occasionally it looked as if it would him that even though the guy used to be the grasp, which was once after all purely correct and correct, in case you watched and listened you'll see that their marriage was once like a barge at the river, with the spouse being the wind that instructed the captain which method the barge might sail. Mrs Mayhew, if now not being the wind, definitely knew while to use the correct puff. The couple smiled at each other, and Mrs Mayhew acknowledged unfortunately, ‘I’m afraid that the dreadful beating this younger woman had – and that i suspect had now not persisted for the 1st time – has in a roundabout way tangled her wits, so regrettably i can't introduce you competently. “Simplicity” will suffice for a reputation, an excellent Christian identify, until eventually we all know extra. And the identify belonged to an outdated buddy of mine, and so i'm keen on it. She is sort of younger and one needs to wish that she is going to heal speedily. for the time being, despite the fact that, I preserve the curtains in general closed to maintain out up to attainable of the noise of carriages within the streets – they seem to make Simplicity anxious. in spite of the fact that, I’m joyful to determine that her actual colleges appear to be coming again slowly and the bruises are fading. regrettably i'm ended in think that her lifestyles in recent years has no longer been . . . friendly, even supposing there are symptoms that at one time it could actually were far more . . . agreeable. finally, absolutely a person should have cared for her to offer her that excellent ring she wears. ’ Dodger didn’t want to know the best code that handed among Mister Mayhew and his spouse, yet he may well see that a lot of it consisted of significant seems from one to the opposite, and one of many messages used to be: higher to not speak about a important ring in entrance of this lad. He acknowledged, ‘She will get anxious whilst she hears carriages, does she? What approximately different highway noises, like horses or honey wagons1 – they generally tend to rumble much?