This well researched book was fascinating to me as an adult, but children can easily relate to the stories of how Charles Dickens, his contemporaries and those before him, have made a difference in the lives of the poor. Ms. Warren paints a realistic picture of London in the 19th century and ties the true stories of Dickens' encounters with orphans and the poor, and his own experience with the debtors prison, to his novels. Though most young children may not have read his longer novels, most will know about Tiny Tim in the Christmas Carol, and will look forward to reading more of his works.
Charles Dickens was much more than an author. In this book the reader becomes aware of how strongly he believed in social reforms for the poor. As a result of his early life and observing how young children were living in London, Charles Dickens became instrumental in helping to improve living conditions for impoverished families. Reviewed by BPL staff. GV
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