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Dear Amazon Readers:
You know me as the author of nonfiction books for young readers about remarkable children living through dramatic historical events. I’ve written about orphan train riders, pioneer children, orphans escaping the Vietnam War, young people enduring the horrors of the Civil War, and a boy who survived the Nazi death camps. All were ordinary children who became extraordinary when events in their lives demanded it. Why would I write about someone as famous as Charles Dickens?
He too faced difficult odds as a child. When his father was imprisoned for debt, twelve-year-old Dickens had to work in a factory and care for himself. He knew he could become one of the hungry street children he saw every day in London. He had been taught that the poor deserved their miserable fate, but as one of them, he realized that they were held down by the upper classes, who exploited them for their cheap labor.
As an adult, Dickens used his literary gifts to become a champion of the poor. He wrote vividly and feelingly about the lower classes, including poor children like Oliver Twist. With calculated skill, Dickens engaged readers’ emotions, inspiring them to work for changes to better the lives of the lower classes.
Charles Dickens was one of history’s great social reformers. Once you understand how he accomplished this, you’ll read his books in a whole new way.
I hope you find his story as inspiring as I did.
Yours in good reading,Andrea Warren
I am giving this book to my grandson so that he will learn what life was like for the working people during the height of the British Empire when Britannia ruled the waves and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bideford
I had already read this book which I checked out from the Library. I like it because it's an easy and informative read for adults or children. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Beverly Wilson
If you've ever wondered about Charles Dicken's life this is a great book to find out. It starts with his childhood and goes all the way to his death. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Karyn W
I bought this book, first of all, to share with grandchildren. I found it to be a most educational read and have shared it with several adult friends. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Myrna Trauntvein
The title: Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London led me to think this would be about both subjects, which indeed it was. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Maggie Knapp