The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee, Greg Ruth
Meg Pickel's older brother, Orion, has disappeared. One night, she steals out to look for him, and makes two surprising discoveries: She stumbles upon a séance that she suspects involves Orion, and she meets the author Charles Dickens, also unable to sleep, and roaming the London streets. He is a customer of Meg's father, who owns a print shop, and a family friend. Mr. Dickens fears that the children of London aren't safe, and is trying to solve the mystery of so many disappearances. If he can, then perhaps he'll be able to write once again.
With stunning black-and-white illustrations by Greg Ruth, here is a literary mystery that celebrates the power of books, and brings to life one of the world's best-loved authors.
LEWIS BUZBEE is the author of Steinbeck's Ghost and several books for adults, including The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. A former bookseller, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
Lewis Buzbee is a former bookseller and sales rep (for Chronicle Books), and the author of the acclaimed adult memoir, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, published by Graywolf Press in June 2006. A native Californian, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the children's books Steinbeck's Ghost, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, and Bridge of Time. Greg Ruth is the illustrator of many graphic novels and books for children, including A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade and A Pirate’s Guide to Recess by James Preller, and is also the author/illustrator of Coming Home and The Lost Boy, a New York Times bestseller. He lives Ashfield, Massachusetts, with his family.
The Haunting of Charles Dickens 5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
19th-century London is not a safe place for children, especially a girl like Meg Pickel. Boys and girls are going missing all over. Meg's family has been torn apart by the disappearance of her own brother, Orion, six months ago. Now that her brother is gone, Meg is plagued with insomnia. While wandering the streets late one night, she runs into the family's friend, Charles Dickens, who is also suffering from lack of sleep. When an insomnia-ridden conversation leads them to a place where a group is having a séance, the two begin to believe that Orion was there, in the flesh. Unable to let the strange circumstances go, the two try and solve the mystery of Orion's disappearance. Meg's father, however, isn't too thrilled with her being on the case, and danger is lurking around every corner. Can Meg solve the mystery of her missing brother, or will she wind up disappearing, as well? A great historical mystery filled with adventure. The book seems to accurately portray the time period. The characters seem well-developed, and the plot is intriguing and does a good job of holding the reader's interest. Those who like mysteries, adventure, and a bit of paranormal activity will enjoy reading THE HAUNTING OF CHARLES DICKENS.
A Study Guide for Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.
This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature ...
A charming adventure full of magic and mystery, set in the land where stories come
from.Something is broken in the land of story. Real and imaginary worlds are collidingputting everything and everyone in grave peril. Tuesday and Baxterr, at the ...
Charles Dickens became immensely popular early on in his career as a novelist, and his
appeal continues to grow with new editions prompted by recent television and film adaptations, as well as large numbers of students studying the Victorian novel. ...
Charles Dickens was in his own day the most popular novelist who had ever lived,
a public figure adored like a present-day pop star. He still holds his place as one of the greatest English writers, an original genius whose ...
Pip is a young orphan boy living with his sister Mrs. Joe and her husband
Joe Gargery in the marshes of Kent. One evening Pip sits in the nearby graveyard staring at his parent's tombstones, when out of nowhere a ...
Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 - 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He
created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his ...
A brilliantly insightful biography from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley With delectable wit and characteristic
sensitivity, Jane Smiley presents a fresh, illuminating take on the life of Charles Dickens. Smiley finds a kindred spirit in the author of such classics ...
This long-awaited biography, twenty years after the last major account, uncovers Dickens the man through
the profession in which he excelled. Drawing on a lifetime’s study of this prodigiously brilliant figure, Michael Slater explores the personal and emotional life, the ...