Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Dodger, a stand-alone novel by Terry Pratchett, is a quirky, adventurous, and wonderfully fun read for anyone who enjoys historical novels. The story takes place in an alternative Victorian London, where the protagonist not only meets Charles Dickens, but also Queen Victoria and Sweeny Todd. Readers get to follow Dodger into the sewers of London, and bear witness to his quest for revenge, knowledge and, quite possibly, love. This novel quickly convinces readers to root for Dodger, and engrosses them into Victorian London with dialogue that is written in appropriate dialect and witty humor. Dodger’s escapades as a “Tosher” (someone who rummages around in the sewers to find gold and other trinkets to sell) are fabulously written and infused with a sense of believable fantasy. This novel is a little bit of mystery combined with action and adventure, which creates a fun, fast read.