A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson & John Hendrix

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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.

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About Deborah Hopkinson & John Hendrix

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Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and Apples to Oregon, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night. She lives in Oregon. Visit her on the Web at www.deborahhopkinson.com.
Published January 10, 2012 by Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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The final scene portrays the celebrated adult author, after which Hopkinson reflects on Dickens’ difficulty in discussing his adolescence and “how much we all might lose when a child’s dreams don’t come true.” This thoughtful and entertaining portrait offers a model for reading critically tha...

Nov 15 2011 | Read Full Review of A Boy Called Dickens

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Though Charles Dickens’s canon includes more stories about rather than for children, this intimate, fictionalized account of the writer’s boyhood, from the creators of Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, suggests how his budding literary imagination foreshadowed his future achievements.

Nov 21 2011 | Read Full Review of A Boy Called Dickens

Oregon Live

At a time when excellent biographies of Dickens appear regularly -- Claire Tomalin's "Charles Dickens: A Life" is superb, as is Jane Smiley's short "Charles Dickens" -- "A Boy Called Dickens" is a great way to introduce younger readers to his work.

Feb 04 2012 | Read Full Review of A Boy Called Dickens

City Book Review

Yet it is a story worth telling.” Each night, all alone in his drab attic room with his family in debtor’s prison, Dickens lights a candle to record the story he told Fagin, adding to it with new scenes he envisions in his mind, the only joy in his life.

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Youth Services Book Review

I would classify this book as an advanced picture book geared toward students in grades 3 to 5.

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