Beggar Charlie

Beggar Charlie

by Madeleine McLaughlin

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ISBN-13: 9781771275446
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 06/13/2014
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 678 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Beggar Charlie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DarleneCupp More than 1 year ago
Beggar Charlie by Madeline McLaughlin was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing, which isn’t hard to do as it isn’t all that long. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The plot was not predictable, and the element of Asian influence and culture was a nice bonus for me… something a bit out of the ordinary for this gene, I think. A sweet message overall, one that children of all ages can benefit from. I’d love to read more from this author in the future!
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
There was a lot I enjoyed about this book, “Beggar Charlie” such as the plot, the characters, and the unusual setting… but at times I felt the pacing was way too slow, and sorta dragged. The conversations were just sorta blah and often did not progress the storyline much. And I really couldn’t stand the way that Charlie did his “pirate speak” (using “a-” before so many random words… “I a-saw”, “I a-says”, “I a-hear”…) just got to be a bit much, in my opinion. But I liked the multiculturalism aspect and the fusion of East and West. And I loved the ending! Would happily read more from Madeleine McLaughlin in the future.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
"Beggar Charlie” is one of those rare types of books that will appeal to both teens and adults alike. It is set against such a unique background (ancient China) and stars a poor, homeless boy named Charlie who works on a ship that lands in China during an uprising. The only person who looks after him (and calls him “Master Charles” instead of “Beggar Charlie”) is the captain of the ship. But then things go badly and Charlie is forced to find his way with his new “interesting” companions. A great tale of overcoming hardship and adversity and being strong. Very powerful and passionate writing that you don’t see very often. Recommend for ages 10 and up.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars..... I really enjoyed this book, more than I expected to. I thought it was excellently written, and the editing was near flawless (I notice these things). It is a relatively quick read, one I finished in the course of an evening, but the perfect length for the tween and up crowd. And even though it is shorter, there is a ton of plot! I was genuinely surprised at a few things that happened (sad… and then happy!) and thought the tension and narrative was great. Enjoyed the fun conversations and the adventures of Charlie and the gang!
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
Beggar Charlie by Madeleine McLaughlin is an excellent book that captured my attention from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well-crafted, and the descriptions make us feel like we are really there on the boat or in China with Charlie. There is plenty of action to keep the younger ones interested, and some great narrative that will appeal to the older ones. (I especially think they will get a kick out of Charlie’s special way of speaking and his lively companions). …All in all a wonderful story with a great message at the end. Hope to read more from Ms. McLaughlin – she has a natural talent for crafting a well-thought out story and developing interesting, memorable characters.
LadybugLinLH More than 1 year ago
Beggar Charlie, by Madeleine McLaughlin, a Tween adventure available from MuseItUp publishing is a short story set in a time frame when children are not cherished, and life is not all that valued. Orphaned when he woke to find his mother had died beside him somewhere throughout the night, Charlie is sold into the sailing life under Captain Butler, a man who keeps him close against the river rats that would set upon the boy without a second though. Living at sea is a brutal life under the best of times, but where you are barely as high as a knee cap and you're grieving your mother, it can be terrifying. Capt aim Butler sails them to China, gifts him and the next oldest boy Hickory Dick the first shore time...but the China shores are in unrest and the people, many of them addicted to the vagaries of Opium. Walking the streets of this strange land where people speak "China-talk" they find a lad Tang who invites the boys to his father's house for some hospitality. What they find will bring three lads together to brave the world as they seek refuge somewhere for them to live together.  Leaving the house of violent death, Tang now a part of their little unit watch from the shore as the shop, with Captain Butler on it, is ignited by the rebelling China-men and the Captain's body tossed into the angry China waves...the ship sunk. The three boys set off, watching each other's back heading for Tang's aunt in Shanghai and the hope of a future three boys can share and find comfort in. Family, they learn, can come from those not attached to you by blood. Some comes through shared experience, shared concern for making it through times no longer anything remotely like what they expected. This is a beautiful, touching story about courage in the face of terrible necessity, and opening your heart, soul, and beliefs to those who might be strangers but are more important to you now that you have survived so much, than the very breath you breathe. This is a powerful short story I cannot recommend highly enough. In a time where we look at others and call them names because we have nothing important to otherwise focus our inner powers on, I found this a story that any and every teacher should make required reading. Well Dome Ms. McLaughlin FIVE STARS easily..wish I could give it more.
Hilarymack More than 1 year ago
This is a superb book. Aimed at readers aged between about 8 and 12 years, it is pitched perfectly. The lead character is himself about that age, and we see everything through his eyes. There's enough adventure to satisfy but nothing to give nightmares, the characters are rich and well drawn, and the descriptions of China and the people the boys encounter there are wonderful. There was only one thing that made me frown and it may be me that is in error. When talking about trading in opium, all the characters saw those that did so as evil and shameful. In the twenty first century, of course, that is right, but I did wonder if it would also be the case at the time the book is set. Had I been asked, I would have said I thought they would be unbothered, seeing it as just another commodity. But, as i say, I may be wrong. My knowledge of that time and place is sketchy, to say the least. That aside, I found myself gripped by Beggar Charlie's adventures. I will definitely be looking out for more of Ms McLaughlin's work