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Fagin's Boy

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Five years after Fagin was hanged in Newgate, Oliver Twist, at the age of seventeen, is a young man of good breeding, and fine manners, living a quiet life in a corner of London. When Oliver loses his protector and guardian, he is able, with the help of Mr. Brownlow's friends, to find employment in a well-respected haberdashery in Soho.

However, in the midst of these change
Paperback, 624 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Blue Rain Press
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Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
What a great way to revisit a Dickens classic! Full review available on MINA'S BOOKSHELF

If you think that writing your first book as a sequel to a timeless masterpiece could be an exceedingly ambitious project, bound to fail against the magnitude of a nineteenth-century master storyteller, you obviously have never heard of CHRISTINA E. PILZ, newcomer author of historical fiction. Newcomer she may be, but I honestly think you would hardly find a better way
I have not read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - I have read Dickens and I feel that knowing his style and a bit about him and more importantly the times in which he wrote helped considerably with the understanding of this book. I know enough about the story of Oliver to keep up with Ms. Pilz's narrative but what I think is more important is the knowledge of the social structures of England in the Victorian Era. These mores are a character in Fagin's Boy as they were most certainly in Dickens' ...more

Let me start by saying that I have always had a soft spot for Oliver Twist, the young orphan boy who only wanted a better life. I’ve read the book by Charles Dickens and watched the movies so when I heard about Christina E. Pilz’s novel Fagin’s Boy I knew I just had to read it! Fagin’s Boy gives us a glimpse into what Oliver Twist’s life may have been like after he grew up and most surprising is she takes his life in a direction I didn’t expect. Fagin’s Boy, like Oliver Twist before it, will cap
Source: Free copy from Christina E. Pilz, Blue Rain Press, and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for a review.

When Fagin's Boy begins Oliver Twist is 17. His Uncle Brownlow has recently died and the man in charge of Oliver has never liked him from the beginning, the staunch Mr. Grimwig. Oliver is given an opportunity to work as an apprentice in a haberdashery shop. As the story progresses, Oliver is haunted by his early childhood, the poverty, loneliness, and rejection,
Michelle/ The True Book Addict
(This would actually be a 4 1/2 star review, if it was an option)

Sadly, I have yet to read Dickens' Oliver Twist (it's on my endless to-be-read pile), but who hasn't heard the story, or seen the many screen adaptations? I have, of course, so I felt I knew the story well enough to read Christine Pilz's Fagin's Boy...and I'm so glad I did.

I have read several of Dickens' great works and let me just say that Pilz has masterfully captured his tone in her writing. As with Dickens, the reader experienc
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Being a writer is not just what I do, it’s who I am. Even if everything else in the day turns sour, if I have written, then it’s still a pretty good day.

I decided I wanted to be a writer when my fourth grade teacher (Mrs. Harr) gave me a good grade on a creative writing story I’d written. And not only that, she added “I like your ending,” along with a smiley face. At that point, I was off and runn
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