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A Nest of Vipers

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Cato Hopkins is the youngest member of Mother Hopkins's 'family' - a group of skilled fraudsters and pickpockets. There's Addy, who can become a very convincing boy when she needs to; the beautiful Bella, who can charm any rich young man out of his fortune; Sam, an escaped slave and Cato himself, a young boy, who Mother Hopkins has taught everything she knows.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 3rd 2008 by Corgi Childrens
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I really enjoyed this. Young Cato Hopkins lives with his "family" of confidence tricksters in 18th Century London. The leader of the gang, the notorious "Mother" Hopkins, is getting old and London is becoming too hot for them. Mother decides to pull off one last con, on the family of a particularly brutal slave owner, but when Cato- who has, under the guise of a slave page boy, already freed Sam, who is now a sedan chair operator- unwittingly involves Quarmy, the son of a West African King, his ...more
Catherine Mayo
Given the content, I would imagine this is more for young teens than children – violence execution, death, theft…
The historical setting is well-told. It’s a little difficult to analyse the style, as the actor/narrator has the cockney voice of the young hero, so he sounds very believable and present as he tells his life story. But there are definite historical elements in his voice, without being overt.
Another historical fiction I got from a museum. this was a really really quick read, it has a good story to it but its a bit unbelievable.
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