A Boy Called Dickens
What is this book about?
For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child’s dreams don’t come true … As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of London, where they will learn how Dickens got the inspiration for many of his characters. We celebrated Dickens’ 200th birthday on February 7, 2012. This tale of his little-known boyhood is the perfect way to introduce kids to the great author. Here is historical fiction at its ingenious best.
Awards and Recognition
- Booklist Best Children’s Book 2012
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- “Done with Dickens,” John Hendrix, Drawing on Deadline, 6 June 2011 (many examples of John’s fine illustrations)
“Both accessible and rich in simile and metaphor, this fictionalized biography concerns the budding novelist’s coming of age, as he ekes out a living (during his family’s stint in debtors’ prison) and pursues his dream.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
“Hopkinson’s engaging text invites readers to experience the story with her … full of well-crafted description and detail.” (School Library Journal)
“A fine introduction to the writer, and a terrific, completely un-preachy departure point for discussions of child labor and social reform.” (Booklist)