New York Times Bestseller!
Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett's Dodger, a Printz Honor Book, combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy's rise in a fantasy-infused Victorian London.
Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.
From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.
Creator of the popular Discworld fantasy series, Sir Terry also received a prestigious Printz Honor from the American Library Association for his novel Nation.
Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed author of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Color of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of more than fifty bestselling books which have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for his young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. He was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to literature in 2009, although he always wryly maintained that his greatest services to literature was to avoid writing any. He lived in England and died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.
“Superb.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Compulsively readable.” — Washington Post
“Lovingly crafted and completely enjoyable. The temptation to quote sentences, whole paragraphs, and possibly entire chapters is almost irresistible.” — Booklist (starred review)
“It’s a glittering conjuring act, but there’s real heart here, too.” — Horn Book (starred review)
“Pratchett does a bang-up job of re-creating Old London, complete with pathos, humor, and danger, all narrated in Dodger’s unique voice.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“Masterful. Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don’t miss it.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Pratchett weaves fact and fiction seamlessly....Genius.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“A masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer, and it will delight you.” — Cory Doctorow, New York Times Bestselling author
“Ebullient, funny and delightful.” — The Guardian
“Wonderful.” — Daily Mail (London)
“Fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph.” — SFX (UK)
“Masterly and entertaining.” (Children’s Book of the Week) — Sunday Times (London)
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF TERRY PRATCHETT: “Exuberant and irresistible.” — Washington Post
“Fun and fantastic and thoughtful.” — Chicago Tribune
“Passionately wise, spectacularly hilarious, and surpassingly humane.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Moving and highly satisfactory.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Pratchett combines gut-busting humor and genuine poignancy.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“Thrilling, humorous, moving, and most wise.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)