The Haunting of Charles Dickens

The Haunting of Charles Dickens

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Twelve-year-old Meg travels the rooftops and streets of 1862 London, England, in search of her missing brother, Orion, accompanied by a family friend, the famed author Charles Dickens, whose quest is to find his next novel.

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Meg Pickel's older brother, Orion, has disappeared. One night, she steals out to look for him and makes two surprising discoveries: she stumbles upon a séance that she suspects involves Orion, and she meets the author Charles Dickens, also unable to sleep and roaming the London streets. He is a customer of Meg's father, who owns a print shop, and a family friend. Mr. Dickens fears that the children of London aren't safe and is trying to solve the mystery of so many disappearances. If he can, then perhaps he'll be able to write once again.

With stunning black-and-white illustrations by Greg Ruth, The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee is a literary mystery that celebrates the power of books and brings to life one of the world's best-loved authors.



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Twelve-year-old Meg Pickel travels the rooftops and streets of 1862 London, England, in search of her missing brother, Orion, accompanied by a family friend, the famed author Charles Dickens, whose quest is to find his next novel.

Publisher: New York, NY : Square Fish, 2012
Edition: First Square Fish edition
ISBN: 9780312641238
0312641230
Branch Call Number: JR HIGH FIC Buzbee, L 2012
Characteristics: 356 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 6.0 13.0 141070
Additional Contributors: Ruth, Greg

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FindingJane Aug 23, 2016

This novel is a biography cleverly disguised as a mystery of epic proportions. When young boys are being kidnapped off the streets, one worried young girl enlists the aid of the mischievous, theatrical Charles Dickens, the brilliant author, raconteur and gazette publisher who is suffering from a bit of writer’s block.

The novel is a tightly woven mesh of various threads that starts off with the unlikeliest of events—a séance. But it starts even before then, when a boy from good but poor origins goes missing. From there on, Meg attends Mr. Dickens as they follow one clue after another, all in an attempt to find her lost brother Orion. It is the intrepid Meg who is the true heroine of this story as she has refused to forget her brother or stop her search for him. But it is the character of Charles Dickens who looms large over events, pulling on strings from behind the scenes and getting in touch with the oddest of people, many of whom are recognizable to readers of his books.

If you’ve ever been interested in reading Dickens or in the London that brought his writings to the larger world, this novel is a grand bit of fiction.

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Apr 19, 2013

Maturity and experience shouldn't stop one from craving silly things like sliding down bannisters.

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