A Boy Called Dickens

By Deborah Hopkinson. Illus. by John Hendrix. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780375867323). Gr. 3–5.


Less a biography than a slice-of-life, this fictionalized story follows a young, starving Dickens as he dreams of writing. With illustrations that define “Dickensian,” this is an inspiring look at a young nobody with great expectations.




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Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth
Committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence, the Books for Youth editorial staff has chosen the titles below as best-of-the-year fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.
2012 - Selection(s)