When street urchin Dodger sees a young woman being beaten in the street during a storm, he must intervene. Though he saves the girl, Simplicity, the danger she is in is far from over. Dodger, aided by a couple of rich gentlemen (one of whom is the pre-famous Charles Dickens), discovers that Simplicity’s life is far from simple. She is being chased by powerful men from another country — men whose job it is to ensure Simplicity’s death. Using his own street-smarts and his new friends’ money, Dodger must solve the mystery of Simplicity’s past and figure out a way to ensure her safe future.
I really enjoyed this book! Dodger is funny, crafty, and incredibly fun to follow in this story. Though it can be a bit predictable, it was still exciting, and I loved getting a look at all the different perspectives in 19th century London. What I enjoyed best was the discussion of “the fog” — that people only see what they want to see in a situation and not the reality. I think “the fog” happens a lot in society, and it was interesting to see Dodger struggle with public opinion. Aside from deep thoughts, the book also had a ton of action, adventure, and sneaky plans. Pick it up if you’re a fan of historical fiction or action/adventure stories!
*Printz Award Nominee, 2013
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