Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London by Andrea Warren

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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.
 

About Andrea Warren

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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. Fiction

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A well-researched biography explores how Charles Dickens used his stories to effect social change for London’s most destitute children.

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Yet one can find references to the poor throughout his novels, from the workhouse orphan Oliver (Oliver Twist) to the terrified boys abandoned in a Yorkshire school (Nicholas Nickleby) to the malnourished Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.Charles Dickens was not alone in his efforts to improve Britis...

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According to estimates by the United Nations, one in six children under the age of 15 --- 150 million children --- works full time.

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