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2011 Northern California Book Awards - Children's Literature - Winner

NCBR review of The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee

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In this entertaining, well-written, fast-paced mystery, author Lewis Buzbee offers readers a chance to accompany young Meg Pickel as she explores the back alleys, roof tops, and factories of nineteenth century London in the company of her print-shop-owning father's best customer, the novelist Charles Dickens. Both Dickens and Meg have a problem: Dickens can't sleep until he figures out the subject of his next novel, and Meg's beloved older brother Orion has mysteriously gone missing. When Meg crawls across the rooftops to spy on a séance that may give her a clue to her brother's whereabouts, she finds Dickens already peering through the skylight. Joining forces, the two scour London, uncovering a plot that endangers not only Orion but all the poor children of the city. Young readers will delight in Buzbee's vividly drawn characters and the mystery at the core of the story, while older readers will be impressed by the skillful way he continually weaves characters from Dickens novels into the storyline.

About the NCBR: NCBR/Northern California Book Reviewers, a volunteer group of book reviewers, book review editors, and others who read passionately and write about reading, have met regularly since 1981 to celebrate books by presenting annual book awards to northern California authors. See the 2011 NCBA page under PF Programs for the complete list of finalists and winners.


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