Street Child by Berlie Doherty

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Unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children’s homes.

When his mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls.

Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends… only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe.

Will Jim ever manage to be free?


About Berlie Doherty

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Berlie Doherty, twice-winner of the Carnegie Medal lives in England. Her books have sold over 700,000 copies and been translated into 21 languages. Varsha Baja's two kids were the inspiration for this story. This is her first children's book. Ivan Bates has illustrated numerous children's books, including the best-selling Just You and Me by Sam McBratney.
Published February 14, 2013 by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks. 146 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Travel. Fiction

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Eventually, Jim escapes this brutal master and his vicious dog and makes his way back to London in time to see a boy he had once hoped would become a kind of brother expire of neglect after a beating by street thugs.

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""With its sootily authentic atmosphere and its earnest reformist message,"" said PW in a starred review, this tale of a homeless boy in Victorian England ""calls to mind the ambience of Charles Dickens's novels."" Ages 10-14.

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There Jim's mother's dies, and Jim seems destined to become like the other inmates, broken-spirited paupers who answer to pious-speaking sadists.

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Summary: A vivid and moving imagining of the real-life encounter between Doctor Barnardo and a street child named Jim Jarvis.

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