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Chosen by Michael Morpurgo. As famous lines go in literature, ‘Please sir, I want some more’ is one that not many children are unaware of but have they read the book from which it came? If not, then Oliver Twist, the book is here. A den of villains and thieves awaits the reader determined to drag Oliver back to his life of crime on the streets of London but can Oliver’s native honesty, strength and goodness enable him to resist? Garth Nix has written a terrific Introduction in this Puffin Classics edition. He says, ‘I first read Oliver twist when I was about 12 or 13...the story is so good that you can skim along the surface and enjoy the ride – you don’t have to dip beneath and get into the deeper stuff that lies below...or you can read it more deeply and experience the adventure and at the same time absorb the historical detail and social criticism that is the foundation of the story’. In this terrific pocket size Puffin edition there’s lots of additional material at the end of the book including an author profile, a guide to who’s who in Oliver Twist plus many related activities to do beyond the book.
After Oliver Twist asks nasty Mr Bumble for more food, he has to flee the workhouse for the streets of London. Here he meets the Artful Dodger, who leads him to Fagin and his gang of pickpockets. When a thieving mission goes wrong, Oliver narrowly avoids prison. This is a story of a young boy who seeks his fortune on the streets of London.
|Publication date:||28th February 2008|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
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