How Smoke Delivered A Christmas Present by DeAnna Knippling

How Smoke Delivered A Christmas Present

byDeAnna Knippling

Kobo ebook | October 14, 2016

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London, England. 1840.

The Chimney Sweep Act has just been passed by Parliament, forbidding the use of underaged orphans as chimney sweeps’ assistants—four- and five-year-olds are being sent down into chimneys with wire brushes to scrape out the creosote. The government means well, but has instead put hundreds or even thousands of little kids with no real protectors out of work. Right before Christmas.

Caroline, a.k.a. the infamous Smoke, has been trying to rescue them all.

Three of the orphans are staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Croft, well-off mill-owners from Yorkshire. The first night, all seemed to be fine—but the next time Caroline checks on them, they have left the sign for trouble in their window. All three of them are missing, and their belongings are still nailed up in the crate they were delivered in.

Caroline breaks into the house, fearing the worst…

Title:How Smoke Delivered A Christmas PresentFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 14, 2016Publisher:Wonderland PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from No zombies, but still really good Review on Indigo: No zombies, but still really good I'd read Knippling's Alice in Wonderland/zombie book and was looking for another one of those when I found this one, which doesn't have any zombies but is also set in 1800's England. There is a ghost, though, sort of. Caroline is a an 16 year-old orphan who tries to help other kids who were in the same position she had been a few years before. A lot of them are ex-chimney sweeps younger than 10. They had to be small to fit in the chimneys, and it was dangerous, so the cleaning companies used orphans until a new law meant they couldn't use kids. When that happened, the kids were out in the street. Caroline and an older woman find the orphans, clean them up, and try to place them with families. Caroline follows up to see if they're okay. Three orphans had been placed with a family, and then they disappeared. Supposedly they'd run away. Using burglar skills she picked up from her own time on the streets, Caroline sneaks into the house and finds that what little luggage they'd had with them had never been unpacked. They hadn't run away, but the police of the time would believe the rich couple who said they had. Caroline will find out what really happened. The story really moved along and I liked the setting. A nice read for when you want to be in another time and place.
Date published: 2016-11-09