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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470974789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470974787
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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This powerful historical novel vividly evokes London in 1842 and the terrifying plight of 13-year-old Maggie Power and her younger brother Tom. With their mother dead and father unjustly imprisoned because he's a Chartist - a group fighting for the rights of the working class - the pair is left to endure a bleak existence as street children. Living in a shack and scrounging the river banks for discarded items they can sell for food assures them certain death either by starvation or disease. But they do have one recourse and in desperation turn to a former friend of their father, Mr Turner. Turner takes Maggie and Tom under his wing, but is then murdered by two of their father's enemies. Now fearing for their lives, the children fall in with a rough gang of delinquents who promise them protection in exchange for criminal cooperation. As their young lives become one bad experience after another, they learn that things are seldom what they seem and that few people are trustworthy. Fine characterization - at least for Maggie - and skilled pacing make this a real page-turner.

Publishers Weekly review for this Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (Young Adult Fiction Section) Semi Finalist 2011. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sean McMahon lives and works in Liverpool, England. Dark Remains is his debut novel. He is currently working on the second novel in the series, and hopes to publish it in early 2013.

More information can be found at: seanmcmahon.net/

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saved on February 27, 2012
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DARK REMAINS, a young adult novel by Sean McMahon, is the story of two damaged children and the harrowing journey of their survival.

Told from the point of view of the thirteen-year old heroine, the story deals with poverty, abandonment, and cruelty to children in the 1840s, long before the great social reformers of the early twentieth century took up the plight of society's abused.

I loved this book. Reading it was exciting, like the first read of OLIVER TWIST. Mr. McMahon's prose sparkles. His sense of history shines. The seamy side of 1840s London comes alive in the pages of DARK REMAINS.

It is 1842 and Maggie Powers and her younger brother, Tom, are mudlarking on the banks of the Thames. From the first sentence, we are caught up in the story:

"There was no reply. Maggie cupped her hands to her mouth - ready to call once more, when a small boat, drifting down the centre of the river, caught her eye and distracted her for a moment."

Their mother is dead, their father imprisoned because of his role in Chartism, one of the earliest worker movements. Led by Maggie, the two children search for food, shelter, and Mr. Turner, a friend of their father who is bound to help.

Although Maggie has the perception and moral compass of an adult, even she can be tricked. Before their odyssey ends, brother, sister, and sidekick, Jack, take up with Charlie and his gang of homeless children, scavenge for food, have a brush or three with the law, are pursued or assisted by vivid characters worthy of Charles Dickens. They witness murders in the dark of night, meet and are kept by the haunting Countess Jouvente who claims to have fled persecution in France. The ending features the redoubtable Mr.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bower on January 22, 2012
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This is an excellent historical fiction novel. It takes place in England in the late 1800s and is told from the perspective of Maggie, a teenage girl who is left to care for her brother Thomas on the streets of London. Their father is a leader in the movement to improve conditions for the working class and is imprisoned on charges of creating a riot and other charges against the crown. This sends the family into poverty and they have to become scavengers just to stay alive. Soon the mother dies, leaving just the children. The children try to find a friend of their father who they then seen murdered and whoever did it wants them dead. They then meet a wonderful rich woman who wants to help them or does she? The story is extremely well written and you begin to feel as if you are along for the journey. There is lots of action and interesting twists and turns. I would highly recommend this book.
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More About the Author

Sean McMahon lives and works in Liverpool, England, with his partner and two children. Dark Remains, his debut novel, was a semi finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. In December 2013, he released his second novel, All That Glitters.

More information can be found at: http://seanmacca.wordpress.com/