Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London by Andrea Warren

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On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth, this is a welcome resource with a generous helping of notes, bibliographies, and recommended websites for further research.
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Provoked by the horrors he saw every day, Charles Dickens wrote novels that were originally intended as instruments for social change — to save his country’s children.Charles Dickens is best known for his contributions to the world of literature, but during his young life, Dickens witnessed terrible things that stayed with him: families starving in doorways, babies being “dropped” on streets by mothers too poor to care for them, and a stunning lack of compassion from the upper class. After his family went into debt and he found himself working at a shoe-polish factory, Dickens soon realized that the members of the lower class were no different than he, and, even worse, they were given no chance to better themselves. It was then that he decided to use his greatest talent, his writing ability, to tell the stories of those who had no voice.
 

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In 1996, Houghton Mifflin published Andrea Warren's first nonfiction book for young readers, Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Andrea travelled to London to do extensive research for this book; she has a master's degree in British Literature from the University of Nebraska. Andrea lives in Kansas.
 
Published November 29, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Janice Floyd Durante Janice Floyd Durante on Jul 24 2017

On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth, this is a welcome resource with a generous helping of notes, bibliographies, and recommended websites for further research.

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