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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Written in a style that reminds one of Charles Dickens, and of t

    Written in a style that reminds one of Charles Dickens, and of the same time period, Mark Lichterman's story of The Climbing Boy is already a classic and should receive wide readership for its compelling drama, its impeccable depiction of the time and place, and its connection to our mythology about children and Christmas. In a single day, the life of a boy, Zachariah, enslaved as on the apprentice climbing boy for a mean, despicable chimney sweep, goes through multiple highs and lows of anticipation and grief as he struggles to "do right" by his trade and his master. One cannot help but reach out as you read and try to help this poor little soul. If you think A Christmas Carol and The Little Match Girl are poignant stories, you must read this one. I have to hand it to Mark Lichterman for his research and attention to detail and character. I certainly hope the story is made into a film. That way the nonreading public will also learn to cherish it. I see awards coming in the future for this fine work of literature.
    Ronald W. Hull, author of The Kaleidoscope Effect and six other books

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Classic, perfect for Stage play or Magical Movie!

    This is a story set in London back before child slavery laws. I can see it as a classic tale, where this child is the dirtiest of poor, orphaned and beaten with still the hope of a child....and bringing magic to life. It's a short story but the ending makes all the difference and really set well in my heart. Little Zachariah can warm anyone reading this book. The dialogue puts you straight into London in the 1800's. Classical, magical, and full of warm hope!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    a true artist

    Loved it, the best book i have read in years. A friend told me about it and loaned me a copy. Whatever I say would not begin to do it justice. Buy it, borrow it, but read and enjoy. I'm sure you will, as I did, want it in your permanent collection. Mark is a true artist and I look forward to his next work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    Haunting and unforgettable story.

    How can abject poverty and impossible misery enoble the spirit of a humble, indentured chimney sweep in the cruel and brutal social order of Victorian England? Well, if you read Mr. Lichterman's new masterpiece of fiction, you will discover a universe of unimaginable delights while following the absolutely gripping story of a little boy whose life-spirit and emotions lead him from the depths of impossible oppression to liberation and life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2003

    Movie Potential

    A great read. The story would make a great Disney or Pixar movie.

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