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The Climbing Boy Paperback – June 12, 2003

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Mark Lichterman, an experienced writer, touches on the little details that we all forget. A slide of the hand, a smiling blink, a penny falling to the ground, things that are easily ignored. And yet, with his soft, dedicated touch, he skillfully masters his rainbow of words to provide each reader with an acute understanding of the plot. It truly is a treat to read his work since they are well written and emotional. A classic-to-be, for sure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolis Ink (June 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0958054363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0958054362
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,571,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loved it, best book I have read in years. A friend told me about it and loaned me a copy. Whatever I say would not begin to do it justice. Buy it or if necessary borrow it but read it and enjoy. Im sure you will as I did, want it in your permanent collection. Mark is a true artist and I look forward to his next work
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A poignant read depicting the harsh realities of life for a small boy employed by a chimney sweep in the 1800s. The story does not glorify or embellish the child's plight, rather it show-cases the trials and tribulations of the era in a way that is both knowledgeable and sympathetic, yet does not hide from the extremes.
This book kept me captivated from start to finish.
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Written in a style that reminds one of Charles Dickens, and of the same time period, Mark Lichterman's story of The Climbing Boy is already a classic and should receive wide readership for its compelling drama, its impeccable depiction of the time and place, and its connection to our mythology about children and Christmas. In a single day, the life of a boy, Zachariah, enslaved as on the apprentice climbing boy for a mean, despicable chimney sweep, goes through multiple highs and lows of anticipation and grief as he struggles to "do right" by his trade and his master. One cannot help but reach out as you read and try to help this poor little soul. If you think A Christmas Carol and The Little Match Girl are poignant stories, you must read this one. I have to hand it to Mark Lichterman for his research and attention to detail and character. I certainly hope the story is made into a film. That way the nonreading public will also learn to cherish it. I see awards coming in the future for this fine work of literature.

Ronald W. Hull, author of The Kaleidoscope Effect and six other books
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The Climbing Boy is destined to become a Christmas classic. Mark Lichterman skillfully delivers this Dickensian-style tale that takes place in 1800's London. The orphaned Zachariah will grip at your heart and every reader will want this boy for their own--to nurture and to protect, but mostly to love. As much as you will be smitten by Zachariah, you will come to loathe William Johnson, his drunken master.

The author combines vibrant characters with a vivid story-line to give you a lump that catches in your throat and stays with you long after you close the book. You will be more than an observer, you will become part of the story. Keep this book handy--you'll want to read it again and again. I keep it very close to me and my eyes wide open for the author's next book.
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This 'feel good' tale by Mark Lichterman, a relatively unknown, but upcoming author, is way more than just another Christmas story. It is a classic description of the London chimney sweeping trade, brought to life by superb characterization of its main players. The reader immediately bonds with Zachariah, an eight year old child, who you want to bring home, bathe, feed, clothe and just cuddle. He will steal your heart while other feelings of anger, rage and resentment arise from the provocative personality of William Johnson, the boy's Master. Lichterman, in expert fashion, weaves a very twisted, intertwining yarn that has you holding your breath until the very end. This book is a must read and I can hardly wait to get a copy of the authors newest book, Becoming.
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