The Haunting of Charles Dickens
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. D
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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 conversatio...more
Buzbee takes these lost hours, and inserts into them a solid mystery story. Twelve-year-old Meg Pickel's older brother Orion has been missing for six months. She slips into the London streets one midnight, and happens upon Dickens, also out searching - searching for his next story.
Dickens happens to be a...more
Quite a good book for what it is. I sense that it's well-suited to the upper-middle-grade/youngi...more
I was intrigued about this story because Charles Dickens is one of the main characters in the book. I am...more
"Meg Pickel’s older brother, Orion, has disappeared. One night, she steals out to look for him, and makes two surprising discoveries: She stumbles...more
Lewis Buzbee shines his lantern into the eccentricities of Charles Dickens in this children's/YA novel, "The Haunting of Charles Dickens." It is a highly readable, mysterious tale that explores Dickens the man as well as Dickens, The Great Man. Celebrity throughout history has always been less of a pleasure than people expect it to be in their original quest for fame. Once attained, the status tends to drag them down as opposed to lifting them...more
This book is so wonderful on so many levels that it's hard to know where to begin praising it. But I'll start with what is always the make or break for me and that is character. The main character, twelve year old Meg, is one of those characters you don't want to leave off and keeps you r...more
The haunting begins with the seance seen from the roof. The mysterious gathering is a cover for more dangerous activity with lost and stolen children. With a ghostly character named Peter, the ghostly...more
Take an unexplained disappearance. Bring in a ghost who points the way. Add Charles Dickens, who knows London’s troubled neighborhoods only too well. Stir in a plucky, thirteen-year-old girl who will let nothing stop her from tailing a dangerous kidnapping gang, and you have the grand, new middle-grade mystery by Lewis Buzbee, The Haunting of Charles Dickens.
Meg Pickel’s older brother, Orion, disappeared six months ago. Her family is still numb with shock. Each night, when everyone is asleep, Me...more
I couldn't imagine kids really liking it. The main character, Meg Pickel, seems completely unreal, the sort of heroine who would be constructed by a middle-aged man. Charles Dickens comes across as a badly done parody of, well, Charles Dickens. The action is slow, with everybody constantly stopping to consume these elaborate meal...more
Interest Level: Middle Grades Plus (MG+ 6 and up)
AR Points: 13.0
Word Count: 79887
I've only finished the first chapter but I'm hesitant to read much more. The prose doesn't flow well for me, I know it's just for background info and to set up their connection to Dickens, but the style of the writing comes across as flat.
Almost half way through and I find myself stopping to read reviews about the book to see if I should continue on. I did finally get caught up in the story when...more
I felt different enjoyment from this book then Buzbee’s Steinbeck Ghost. Instead of flowing into each book Steinbeck wrote this one was a whole new...more
The catch, though, is I wasn't sure what was Buzbee's and what was borrowed. I caught tastes of Woolf ("leaden circles dissolved in the air") and Austen ("truth universally acknowledged") but I'm sure many went right by me.
Oh well. You can't win them all.