Posted in Young Adult Lit

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett
2012 Harper
ISBN – 9780062009494
Genre – Historical Fiction
Age – High School
2.5 Stars


Dodger is a seventeen year old tosher in London. A tosher is someone who searches the sewers underground to find lost treasures. One night he sees a young woman jump from a coach attempting to escape. He decides that he must help her elude her captors, and finds her a safe place to stay. His exposure to this situation sets a quirky and exciting adventure into motion. He meets the likes of Charles Dickens, Sweeny Todd, and even the Queen of England. What will be the fate of Dodger and his new friend?

I had a really hard time with this book. Although I can say that it was very well written, as most of Pratchett’s writing is, I found it really slow and boring at times. The descriptions of the settings and situations were very colorful and complete, at times to long and drawn out though. It was just very hard for me to get into. I did like that Dodger’s character was a brave and stand up human being. I also like that his character is rewarded by amazing luck! Throughout the book, and all the extraordinary adventures he stumbles upon, he still manages to stay humble. As I said earlier, it just wasn’t very exciting to me, and never managed to fully capture my attention.


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