by Terry Pratchett
4.2 56

NOOK Book(eBook)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now


Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett's Dodger, a Printz Honor Book, combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy's rise in a fantasy-infused Victorian London.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062190154
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 223,937
Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Dodger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Wordmistress More than 1 year ago
While it is different from Sir Terry's other fiction, this book enamored me from the first chapter. It is a most literate, fascinating, and wonderful! historical fantasy story, set in early Victorian London, with Charles Dickens as one of the main characters. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I admit to reading his acknowledgments at the end of the book first, which helped give the narrative much more meaning to me. One ought not let the fact that Dodger is not set in Discworld dissuade you from getting this book immediately. It is Fine Literature of the highest degree. Enjoy! ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another if Terrys works where the leading characters have won me over with their mischevious personalities and sharp wit. Quitr happy to have this in my collection
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a relative newcomer to Sir Terry's catalogue, having consumed the Discworld ouevre in about six months a couple years ago. I was delighted with the other works later, but I would never have categorized any in the absolute top tier of literary work. Entirely enjoyable, yes - nearly, but not classic. Dodger, on the other hand, surpasses the rest of his previous output. This novel should be held up as one of the works taught in advanced high school literature classes. It has it all. It is a seminar in novel writing. You MUST read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett once again charms and delights - this time with an historical fantasy that weaves Victorian London, Charles Dickens and Sweeney Todd (just to mention a few) all through the eyes of that charming rogue the Artful Dodger. Once again Mr. Pratchett comes through with a treet not to be missed. I know this is one I'll enjoy again and again.
MikeS More than 1 year ago
The idea about a work on the true Dodger of Dickens fame and the fact this was a period piece drew me to this work. Parts of it were interesting. Parts suspended belief. Parts were predictable. Parts were bizarre. The involvement of various historical characters was okay, added a little to the story, but added to the disbelief on some levels. The elements I liked were the description of Victorian England, the prose, and presentation of the different treatment and attitudes related to class. The parts that were difficult to accept, even knowing this was a work of fiction, involved the developing relationship between a sewer dweller and a "semi-royal", and the constant stream of "fortuitious" circumstances and successful outcomes based in part on the naievete of players.. If Mr. Dodger lived today he would be a consistent lottery winner given the luck described. The prose is quite good. The pace of the book is a little formal, consistent with the pace found in many novels of the era. It isn't high on my recommended list, but it isn't a bottom feeder either.
celda1997 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting, conceptually, and executed with the flair that i have come to expect from Sir Terry's work over the years. I have always enjoyed his young adult titles as much as his adult fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the slang gets you, but overall, a wonderfully witty read with smart characters you can care about.
discworldfan More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of T Pratchett's work. This one set in England during the time of Charles Dickens is no exception. It abounds in wit, colorful characters and dialect, twist and turns. The plot is an old one, boy saves girl and finds out he is a better man for it. But it is fresh told with Pratchet's style and humor. Sutiable for all ages. Loved it. Hazar
MellowD More than 1 year ago
Pratchett is my all-time-ever favorite author and this book did not disappoint. I simply love Dodger and hope to read more of his life in the future.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 1 days ago
Dodger isn't a hero, but sometimes a young man finds himself in a circumstance where he must act heroically. This is case when he comes across a young woman being beaten in the streets of London. Chasing off the villains with a trusty crowbar, Dodger not only saves the young lady's life, but becomes entangled in a rescue and plot to protect this nameless noblewoman from her evil husband and avoid starting a war. He is joined by a cast of characters (both historical and fiction), including Charles Dickens, or "Charlie". To be honest? I was a bit bored with this book. Dodger takes everything easily, with a grain of salt, and thus nothing seems very exciting. He's the sort of person you'd really like in a tough situation, but as a protagonist, things seemed to dawdle on. I think his strongest moment was near the end of the book in the sewers while he was preparing the cover-up. As for the supporting characters, they're hit-or-miss. I find Charlie and Simplicity boring as well, but Solomon was an interesting character. I do believe it is worth mentioning that Solomon is Jewish, but not the best practitioner. He is a kind person, and a strict negotiator... which is not an insult, but it is a stereotype. I was a bit disappointed that Pratchett decided to use this character trait for him. Terry Pratchett is known for his Discworld novels (which are loads of fun) and his stand-alones don't get a lot of attention. Dodger is historical fiction, and as such, is not as funny, remarkable, or magical as some of her other books. I found that this particular novel was reminiscent of the Night's Watch line of his Discworld novels. The beginning of the book is written in a similar way to a collection of related short stories as we follow Dodger around the city. There is a scene with Sweeney Todd in the middle of the book, which I thought was a really good interpretation of the character. Pratchett takes a good twist on the character's murderous instincts, one which has nothing to do with meat pies. I won't spoil it! It ends up being a turning point in the story and in Dodger as a character, not to mention a fun tidbit. While I will still read Pratchett's books, Dodger wasn't for me, even though I like historical fiction. I felt like it was very flat. His writing style can feel a bit flat in the Discworld novels as well, except there is a lot more humor in those and I remember them more fondly. That said, I do think that most fans of Pratchett would really enjoy this book, because it is another piece of his work, and he was extremely well-loved. I also have to confess I've read very little of Dickens, but the storytelling style was reminiscent of The Chimes or A Christmas Carol. That, I'm sure, was intentional, and should be commended. Pratchett does a very good job of tying up a story. He leaves questions, but not anxiety, and I like it.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Great standalone book by pratchett. Good introduction to his style to entice people to his discworld series.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
I’ll admit I was skeptical of Dodger from the point I downloaded it last year via SYNC. It was paired with Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I loathe Great Expectations. I’ve been forced to read it twice; once in high school and once in college. And like a fool, I attempted to listen to it after downloading it via the SYNC program last year thinking that perhaps in my older wiser adulthood I would finally understand why Great Expectations was a classic. Dodger was a delightful listen. I will admit that I did struggle with Stephen Briggs’ narration as it was a bit too British for me at times and I had to re-listen to sections of the book to understand what was going on. I do believe that would not have occurred if a) I could listen to books while NOT doing something else and b) I was reading a physical copy of the book. Dodger is full of twists and turns. And in the fashion of any good historical fiction novel, the reader encounters a variety of known historical characters. I had always imagined Dickens to be this curmudgeonly old man, but Prachett brings him to life as a curious reporter with keen observation skills and a sense of humor. Whether Dickens was truly like this in real life, I don’t know, but this caricature of him endeared him to me. The story shines through the main character, Dodger, who has all the skills of a street rat and the ambition to match. There’s a curious mystery that is threaded through the story that develops into a shy romance. I enjoyed how Dodger made the use of the world he knew to solve the mystery, improve his conditions and make the best of what he had. If Dickens’ stories of Victorian London are a bit heavy for you, I would definitely recommend giving Dodger a shot. As it takes the best aspects of Oliver and Great Expectations puts a bit of shine on them with a twist of humor and mystery and presents them in a new light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was full of excitement and whimsy. The characters were charismatic and the antics hilarious. Another great book was The Wee Free Men, although they don't seem similar they are both well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pratchett's a treasure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rollicking good time. The only criticism I have is that the climax feels *slightly* anti-climatic. A wonderful read regardless and definitely recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago