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Street Child (Essential Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Berlie Doherty
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3 Sep 2009 Essential Modern Classics

Unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children’s homes.

When his mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls.

Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends… only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe.

Will Jim ever manage to be free?


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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007311257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007311255
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Berlie Doherty was born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, the youngest of three children. She always wanted to be a writer, but when she was little there were many things she wanted to be - a singer, ballet dancer, air hostess, librarian... Her serious writing started at university, where she trained to be a teacher. Now she lives in an isolated cottage in the country and writes in a barn overlooking the Pennines. She says of her writing: "After I finish a book I'm quite sad because I feel grieved that I have lost someone close; a great deal of myself is in my books."

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Book Description

Encourage your students to think about the issues of homelessness with this gripping real-life drama

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From the Back Cover

JIM JARVIS IS A RUNAWAY

When his mother dies, Jim is all alone in the workhouse and is desperate to escape. But London in the 1860s is a dangerous and lonely place for a small boy and life is a constant battle for survival. Just when Jim finds some friends, he is snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Will Jim ever be free?

Jim’s gripping adventure is based on the true story of the orphan whose plight inspired Doctor Barnardo to set up his famous children’s refuge.

‘A terrific adventure story, heart-warmingly poignant and a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. A magnificent story for the over-tens.’
DAILY MAIL

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Year 5 book 17 Mar 2009
By Beck G
Format:Paperback
I am currently reading this book to my year 5 class to tie in with our Victorians topic where we are looking at the contrasting lives of rich and poor Victorian children. The children are really enjoying the book and so am I! There are a lot of discussion points (such as life in the workhouse and why some children end up on the streets) and it has lent itself to our topic in many ways. The children really enjoy the fact that it is based around the life of a real boy rather than a fictional character and it has introduced Dr Barnardo into our topic too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Child 30 Sep 2012
By Mrs P
Format:Paperback
This is a great book with a sad story. I have used it for a four week Literacy block with my year 4 class and they have thoroughly enjoyed it, producing some excellent writing. I would highly recommend this book for using in school or just reading for pleasure.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of Street Child 15 Mar 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
This is a book based in the Victorian era about a street child called Jim Jarvis.
After losing his mother, Jim finds him-self in the Workhouse.
His life there is wretched even though he has friends, food and shelter. He knows he must escape....
We really enjoyed the book as it is based on real people. It's a book that helps people learning about the Victorians realise that life for children was difficult!
This story made us: laugh, cry, feel scared and happy all in one go which not all books do!
by Lauren and Jake (Avocets Class)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart breaking 1 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this book to read to my class of 8/9 year olds. We have laughed and cried through out and the children learnt a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE 21 Jan 2014
By popstar
Format:Kindle Edition
this book is moving, touching , sad , happy scary and lovely i loved it recommended to the age of 9+ ............ HAVE TO READ
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading any age! 1 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fantastic and well written book, looking forward to sharing it with my class. Loved that it was based in parts of real stories. Worth reading any age!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC BOOK 9 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
AMAZING BOOK DEFINITELY WORTH A READ ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT TO YOU AND FREINDS
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4.0 out of 5 stars Street child 6 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
We are reading street child in my class at the moment and i am loving it sooo much, poor Jim.

Yr6 burpham
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
Quick delivery, good price
Published 16 hours ago by C J KITTLETY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i read this book in school at it was excellent for a year 6/ 5
Published 6 days ago by Destroyer 6654
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book. I used this when teaching the Victorians to my class, the children loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Emma Greenhalgh
3.0 out of 5 stars Description not accurate
The book had a child's name written on the inside of the front cover which was a disappointment as I had intended to give it as a gift.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Sorrell
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
bought as a present for easter along with Hero on a Bicycle, book was well liked by family memeber but unfortunately arrived late for easter
Published 3 months ago by andrew simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
A great book read to children who relate very well to Jim. Story encourages children to pick book up and read it for themselves.
Published 3 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and very interesting by Lauren
Great and interesting. affordable to not expensive. love the book wish there was a film. I would also like to know more about Jim Jarvis. would recommend to anyone and everyone! Read more
Published 4 months ago by lauren hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional
emotional story. You can imagine just what Jim sees, hears, smells.......the author puts you into his life and his feelings
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book was written in a way that you really want to read more and more of Berlie Doherty books.
I think that you should love and get this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marshmallow
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I love reading books set in this era, and this didn't disappoint. Its a great book for older children, I would say 10 upwards.
Published 5 months ago by sharon mason
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