The Haunting of Charles Dickens

The Haunting of Charles Dickens

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Twelve-year-old Meg travels the rooftops and streets of 1862 London, England, in search of her missing brother, Orion, accompanied by a family friend, the famed author Charles Dickens, whose quest is to find his next novel.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2010.
ISBN: 9780312382568
Characteristics: 357 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ruth, Greg

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FindingJane Aug 23, 2016

This novel is a biography cleverly disguised as a mystery of epic proportions. When young boys are being kidnapped off the streets, one worried young girl enlists the aid of the mischievous, theatrical Charles Dickens, the brilliant author, raconteur and gazette publisher who is suffering from a bit of writer’s block.

The novel is a tightly woven mesh of various threads that starts off with the unlikeliest of events—a séance. But it starts even before then, when a boy from good but poor origins goes missing. From there on, Meg attends Mr. Dickens as they follow one clue after another, all in an attempt to find her lost brother Orion. It is the intrepid Meg who is the true heroine of this story as she has refused to forget her brother or stop her search for him. But it is the character of Charles Dickens who looms large over events, pulling on strings from behind the scenes and getting in touch with the oddest of people, many of whom are recognizable to readers of his books.

If you’ve ever been interested in reading Dickens or in the London that brought his writings to the larger world, this novel is a grand bit of fiction.

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DavidHScott Apr 19, 2013

Maturity and experience shouldn't stop one from craving silly things like sliding down bannisters.

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