Written by Leon Garfield
Illustrated by Kenny McKendry
Part of the A Puffin Book Series
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Smith is a sort of artful dodger character of his time. Set in 18th century London, this is the story of a 12 year old and how, having pickpocketed an elderly man only to see him immediately murdered realises he must put right his wrong and find out who murdered him without being implicated himself. Evocative of time and place with a compelling and often humourous storyline and an array of interesting characters this is a story you'll be drawn into and you won't want to let go.
Puffin Fact! Smith vividly portrays life in London during the eighteenth century, when there was great pickpocketing was rife and the penal system was cruel and inhumane. Download more Puffin Facts here!
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The Good Book Guide Review. An exciting, full-blooded novel laced with intrigue and deception, powered by good (and evil) about Smith, a young urchin in 18th century London who. having witnessed a murder and become 'eyes' to a Blind Judge, has to use his sharp wits night and day if he is to survive.
Smith by Leon Garfield
London street urchin Smith is 12 years old, and an experienced pick-pocket. One day on Ludgate Hill, he robbed an old gentleman, and one minute later watched him silently murdered by two men, who chased him for the document he had stolen but could not understand. Smith artfully dodges the two men and winds up in the odd company of a wealthy blind man, who takes Smith into his home and provides him with an education. But this new comfort is lost when Smith himself is suspected of the very murder he witnessed.
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Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
3rd July 2014
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