Joe Rat by Mark Barratt

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In the dark underbelly of Victorian London a boy named Joe scavenges for scraps in the rat-infested sewers of the East End. They call it ‘toshing’. / Viciously exploited by the women he knows as Mother – a monstrous criminal mastermind who controls everything in the boy’s small world - Joe scrapes a living in a city where no one can be trusted. / Then a chance encounter with a runaway girl and a ‘madman’ turns Joe’s world upside down. But is it a change for the better or are things about to get a lot worse for the boy they call Joe Rat?
 

About Mark Barratt

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Mark Barratt was born and raised in London, where he still lives with his wife and children. He has been an actor, theater director, writer, and teacher. His script for the audio play The Wizards Spell won a prize for Best Entertainment at the New York Festival in 1994.
 
Published September 30, 2009 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 307 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In permanent debt to Mother, thanks to ever-compounding interest and his monthly rent, Joe rebelliously hoards small treasures in the walled garden of The Madman, a terrifying presence holed up in a crumbling house that towers over the neighborhood.

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The Bookbag

Of course there is a distinctive element to the book from the setting our hero works in – ducking his head under sewerage and risking life and limb in numerous ways – but this is portrayed surprisingly subtly.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Joe Rat

Historical Novel Society

Soon Joe and Bess are on the run and the only safe place Joe knows is the Madman’s house – and rumour has it that he’s a murderer… Barratt’s chosen setting is Shoreditch, in a slum depicted in Arthur Morrison’s A Child of the Jago (1896).

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Monsters and Critics

In the dark underworld of Victorian London a boy named Joe scavenges for coins or anything useable amid the rat infested sewers of the East End.

Mar 18 2008 | Read Full Review of Joe Rat

Monsters and Critics

In the dark underworld of Victorian London a boy named Joe scavenges for coins or anything useable amid the rat infested sewers of the East End.

Mar 18 2008 | Read Full Review of Joe Rat

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