Abandoned at an early age, Oliver Twist is forced to live in a dark and dismal London workhouse lorded over by awful Mr. Bumble who cheats the boys of their meager rations! Desperate but determined, Oliver makes his escape. But what he discovers in the harsh streets of London's underworld makes the workhouse look like a picnic. Penniless and alone, he is lured into a world of crime by wily Fagin-the nefarious mastermind of a gang of pint-sized pickpockets. Will a life of crime pay off for your Oliver? Or will it earn him a one-way ticket to the gallows? Recommended for grade 12. Copyright 1998 TOR Classic. 4.125 x 6.75 inches. Soft cover. 472 pp.
I first read this book in 7th grade, and I could hardly put it down!
The strange part is that only the evil characters were interesting, and realistic. Oliver and Rose Maylie, were two characters that were so good, that they became dull. However, the cunning Fagin, the Artful Doger, Bill Sikes, and Nancy will keep the reader turning the pages.
"Oliver Twist" is one of those novels you can just pick up and read. I read this in 7th grade and loved it. The characters of Fagin and the Artful Dodger were so engaging! This book is not Charles Dickens best, though. His novels "David Copperfield" and "Great Expectations" claim that spot, but "Oliver Twist" is still a delightful read.