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The Haunting of Charles Dickens Hardcover – October 26, 2010
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The setting of Dickens era London was vivid for me, including travel by foot and carriage complete with the clop of horses's hooves on cobblestones. The jingle of the horses's harnesses, the squeeking of the buggies and carts, and the smell of a soot permeated city all add to the intensity of the scenes. The sights, smells and decay of old London remind the reader of that manufacturing era.
The haunting in this story comes about three ways: The first apparent haunting is the loss parents experience for their "lost" children who've been forced into labor in those 'underground' sweatshops. The haunting that effects Charles Dickens reflects his state of mind and emotions rather than being about ghosts. Meg is haunted by the loss of her older brother, Orion, yet she refuses to believe he is dead.Read more ›
I felt different enjoyment from this book then Buzbee's Steinbeck Ghost. Instead of flowing into each book Steinbeck wrote this one was a whole new mystery featuring Dickens and mentions of his stories. Meg and Dickens are interesting partners. Dickens comes across very fun loving which if you have seen real photos of Dickens you would not think that of him because I have not seen one where he smiles.
This book tells about the dark side of the times for children who worked in labor houses like Dickens did once as a child. So book has a little grittiness to it that makes some it hard to enjoy even though it may be based on facts. Dickens does make it laughable at times by dress in odd suits and meeting odd souls. Good read for Dickens lovers.
The novel is filled with historical details, made all the more vivid by the illustrations of Greg Ruth, and drawing readers into the dark underbelly of London during the time. The historical details blend in with the story and bring this period to life, and as a reader, I felt transported into the London of the past, with all its bleakness and despair. The author masterfully recreates the period and lends the work a high level of credibility, a crucial ingredient for the success of a historical novel. Even the language used is for the most part faithful to the time period. The only drawback is that at times, the overly descriptive language can get a wee bit tedious, but other than that, I felt the author did an excellent job recreating 19th century London.
Credible, in-depth characterization is another important element I look for in a work of fiction, and Meg Pickel is a character that young adults will easily relate to. She is full of pluck and derring-do (walking on rooftops at night!); is observant and candid; curious and intelligent. It was heartening to see a strong female character in a story set in a period when females were for the most part subservient to men.
I loved this story and look forward to more of such from the author.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great series for young adults that is written by a local, Bay Area author. A teacher of mine heard about this author while at a Steinbeck conference from another... Read morePublished 17 months ago by turnerkindle
This is a really wonderful book. The main character Meg is well developed, you start to care about her from the beginning. Great book for young adults.Published on September 5, 2011 by Mom and Teacher
Three of us tried to read this book, and, well, only one of us made it through to the end. Now, that could say something about us, but I think it's more a reflection of a writer... Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by SillyMoose
While the idea of this story was intriguing, and the characters were delightful, the action was bogged down with too much narrator interference. Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by Karina Harris
Take an unexplained disappearance. Bring in a ghost who points the way. Add Charles Dickens, who knows London's troubled neighborhoods too well. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Elizabeth Varadan
The Haunting of Charles Dickens
In Victorian London, young Meg is distressed by the disappearance of her brother Orion six months earlier. Read more
19th-century London is not a safe place for children, especially a girl like Meg Pickel. Boys and girls are going missing all over. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by TeensReadToo
I'm currently teaching seventh- and eighth-graders at a classical school where the students spend six years reading the great works of literature. Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Eileen Cunningham
This is a rich, smart, and compelling book for middle readers that brings to life the vibrant, slightly dangerous world of Dickensian London. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by Lisa Catherine Harper