‘Look here! Here’s a jolly life! What’s the odds where it comes from?’
Meet the Artful Dodger, as roistering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four foot six. With him, you’ll run down the dirty backstreets of London to be entertained by the Respectable Old Gentleman and his brood of thieves and pickpockets. Fagin will bring you to ‘the trade’, and make something of you, something profitable.But there’s something about the young orphan Oliver that’s too good for this dark and dangerous world – can he ever escape its clutches?
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This book is a great way to find out about the Victorian times. A young boy called Oliver Twist is almost apprenticed to an evil chimney sweeper. Instead he has to go to a cruel burgling gang.
After he is caught with pickpockets, a drunken magistrate nearly sentences Oliver to three months' labour but a kind gentleman named Mr Brownlow gets Oliver off the hook and invites Oliver to live with him.
When Oliver goes out to return some of Mr Brownlow's books, the gang of robbers corner him and make him rob a very grand house. Instead, he drops the lantern he is holding to warn the owners of the house that they are being robbed. Then the owners come down with pistols and shoot him!
The following morning he tells the owners of the house that thieves have made him steal from them. They take pity on him and allow Oliver to stay with them. The gang's plots deepen...
I would give it a big 100/100! The only thing about it is that the language is quite hard. I only looked up the important words in the story. It is great for good readers and children over 9 years old.
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