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How Smoke Got Out of the Chimneys

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London, England. 1840.

Gangs of four- and five-year-old orphans are being used as "apprentice" chimney sweeps--they're the only ones who can fit down the narrow chimneys, taking brushes and baskets down with them into upper-class Victorian homes to scrape out the creosote.

It's good for 'em, don'tcher know?

Caroline, a.k.a. the infamous Smoke, is one of the older orphans,
Kindle Edition, 31 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Wonderland Press
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Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

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The settings – DeAnna researched a lot and I felt like I was walking beside Caroline through London’s streets and chimneys, haha! Also, the adventure and fast pace are amazing. DeAnna balanced wonderfully heavy and serious themes with the fleeting pleasure of a childish adventure <3

This story was SO GOOD! I need to read mo
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May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOTE: The author graciously gave me a copy of this book and asked me to write a review.

Thanks to Charles Dickens, I grew up with the idea that lower class children in Victorian England invariably made their living as pickpockets working for unscrupulous adults only a half step up on the societal rung from themselves. While not strictly true, this notion provided me with some colorful imagery of the era I retain today. Now, Deanna Knippling shows readers a slight, but in its own way memorable, va
Kaye Booth
The short story How Smoke Got Out of the Chimneys by Deanna Knippling captures the tone of old England to perfection. Knippling has created a likeable main character in Smoke, a sharp young girl on the street who eeks out her living as a chimney sweep, and as one follows her brief tale, one can’t help but long to see her succeed. Short, but well crafted and quite entertaining, this tale is everything a short story should be.

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David Caldwell
Smoke is one of the child chimney sweeps of London. But she has a problem. She is growing up and will soon no longer be able to be a chimney sweep. She needs to find a way out before she is forced out.

This is a fun little story. It has a good premise, flows well, and is a nice mix of intrigue, adventure and even a little humor.
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DeAnna Knippling is a freelance writer, editor, and designer living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. She has published short stories in numerous publications, including Black Static, Big Pulp, Crossed Genres, Penumbra, and more. She runs her own micropress at
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