- Author: Andrea Warren
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (September 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547395744
- ISBN-13: 978-0547395746
At 25, Dickens became the toast of London with his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. People of all classes read it - the poor would pool together money to purchase this serial novel. But Dickens had more serious stories to tell: he wanted to tell of the workhouses were small children toiled for their entire lives; he wanted to tell of all the horrible things he had seen the upper class turn their back to. He wanted to tell one child's story, and that child became Oliver. With the runaway success of Oliver Twist, and it's memorable "Please sir, I want some more," Dickens was thrust into the public spotlight as a spokesman championing the rights of the deserving poor. His time as an instrument of social change was just beginning. Along with some contemporaries in the world of music, art and education, Dickens changed school systems, hospitals, and orphanages, all while representing the lowest class with the same respect as the upper class in his novels.
Spirited, smart, and handsome, but not without his own demons and personal issues, Charles Dickens is an enigmatic character whose name is recognized the world over, but whose achievements outside the literary realm are not often discussed. Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London melds these two legacies in an intriguing, compelling and fast-paced biography, filled with historical images and photographs.