Sparrows In The Sculleryby Barbara Brooks Wallace
This story "immediately hooks readers, who will gobble up this satisfying fare," says School Library
Colin Trevelyan, newly orphaned heir to his parents' fortune, is kidnapped in the night from his ancestral home and taken to the grim Broggin Home for Boys, where he is underfed, overworked, and destined for a short life in a deadly glass factory.
This story "immediately hooks readers, who will gobble up this satisfying fare," says School Library Journal.
"Fully realized Victorian melodrama that would make Dickens proud," says The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
A Junior Literary Guild selection and winner of the Mystery Writers of America EDGAR Award.
That's the horror that befalls once privileged, recently orphaned Colley Trevelyan, 11. The action takes off at a horse's gallop: After his parents are killed in a carriage accident, Colley is kidnapped and sold to the Broggin Home for Boys. There he is stripped of his name and put to work in a glass factory. It's a far cry from the servants and estate to which he's accustomed, but Colley becomes close to the other boys, and learns about friendship, teamwork, and survival. Wallace is deliberately Dickensian in her portrait of the home and the boys, yet the tale is full of hope: The boys find an unexpected savior, and readers will be borne along by the suspense to an exhilarating conclusion.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
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This book was touching and incredible, and I really enjoyed it when I read it in the 5th or 6th grade. I am a lover, scholar, and veteran of whimsical children's literature and this story has all the panache and pizzazz of Funke, Levine, or Rowling!