The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee

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Meg Pickel’s older brother, Orion, has disappeared. One night, she steals out to look for him, and makes two surprising discoveries: She stumbles upon a séance that she suspects involves Orion, and she meets the author Charles Dickens, also unable to sleep, and roaming the London streets. He is a customer of Meg’s father, who owns a print shop, and a family friend. Mr. Dickens fears that the children of London aren’t safe, and is trying to solve the mystery of so many disappearances. If he can, then perhaps he’ll be able to write once again.

With stunning black-and-white illustrations by Greg Ruth, here is a literary mystery that celebrates the power of books, and brings to life one of the world’s best-loved authors.


About Lewis Buzbee

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LEWIS BUZBEE is the acclaimed author of Steinbeck's Ghost and The Haunting of Charles Dickens. He also wrote the acclaimed adult memoir The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. A former bookseller and sales rep, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
Published October 26, 2010 by Feiwel & Friends. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Playful allusions to children’s books not yet written in 1862 (such as Peter Pan and Redwall)--and even silly nods to Monty Python--pepper meaty subjects from London’s cruel workhouses teeming with stolen children to humanity’s “haunting” moral obligation to combat injustice.

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Buzbee (Steinbeck's Ghost) pens a charming and gripping tale that is, at its heart, a love letter to Charles Dickens.

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