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Darlene Marshall, author

I write award-winning historical romance about pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum.

Dodger - Terry Pratchett Sir Terry's in fine form with "Dodger", a YA historical that brings forward a cast of characters including Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria, Robert Peel and more from early Victorian London. Dodger himself incorporates some of the characteristics of the Dickens' character from Oliver Twist, but he's more human, more real, more one of London's own in this tale. If anything, Pratchett's Dodger incorporates elements of other Dickens' characters--Oliver Twist and Pip from Great Expectations: a young man seizing opportunities to better himself.It will be enjoyed by regular readers of Terry Pratchett, and is also a good entry book for those unfamiliar with his wonderful Discworld.