A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah HopkinsonA Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson

A Boy Called Dickens

byDeborah HopkinsonIllustratorJohn Hendrix

Picture Books | January 10, 2012

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For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of London, where they will learn how Dickens got the inspiration for many of his characters. The 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth was February 7, 2012, and this tale of his little-known boyhood is the perfect way to introduce kids to the great author. This Booklist Best Children's Book of the Year is historical fiction at its ingenious best.
DEBORAH HOPKINSON is the author of Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, an ALA Notable Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. Her Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, illustrated by John Hendrix, was an ALA Notable Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is also the author of the ALA Notable Apples to Oregon. Her m...
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Title:A Boy Called DickensFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.06 × 9.01 × 0.35 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375867325

ISBN - 13:9780375867323

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Booklist Best Children's Book of 2012Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2012:“Hopkinson’s engaging text invites readers to experience the story with her…. full of well-crafted description and detail.”Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2011:“A fine introduction to the writer, and a terrific, completely un-preachy departure point for discussions of child labor and social reform.”Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2011:"Both accessible and rich in simile and metaphor, this fictionalized biography concerns the budding novelist’s coming of age, as he ekes out a living (during his family’s stint in debtors’ prison) and pursues his dream."