Dorp Dead by Julia Cunningham

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A reissue of the novel that dramatically changed children’s literature in the 20th century.
Julia Cunningham’s ground-breaking novel, first published in 1965 and unavailable in any edition for a decade, is reissued for a whole new generation of readers to call their own. “Here . . . is the story of a boy who discovers himself, who basically comes to grips with that most contemporary of problems, the isolation of the individual. It is told within the near-classic framework of the story of the orphan who survives and escapes maltreatment to find love, but it is told in frank, literate terms in the lingo of today’s youngsters. And it has, as an additional dimension, a touch of the Gothic tale, a tinge of terror and a shade of romanticism.” (The New York Herald Tribune)

About Julia Cunningham

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Julia Cunningham is the author of Come to the Edge, winner of the Christopher Medal; The Flight of the Sparrow, a Boston Globe—Horn Book Honor Book; The Treasure Is the Rose, a National Book Award finalist; and the recent picture book, The Stable Rat and Other Christmas Poems.
Published November 12, 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 112 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here, the 10-year-old orphaned narrator (who, according to him, is ""ferociously intelligent"" and, in order to hide his gift, ""purposely never learn[ed] to spell"") is taken in by the town's eccentric ladder maker and is compelled to escape when he discovers the man's plans for him.

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Kidz World

Though this story doesn't contain any ghosts and goblins, Gilly does fight off monsters - of the human kind - in order to survive.

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