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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007311257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007311255
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss Wilson on 2 Oct. 2014
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Street child is an excellent, inspiring book about a poor Victorian boy who suffered on the grim streets of London. The author, Berlie Doherty, loosely based this book on a heart-warming true story. We have been using this book in Literacy and it helped us learn how hard it was to live as a Victorian, especially on the streets. The words Berlie used went through our brains and exploded like dynamite, motivating us to produce amazing pieces of writing. We more than highly recommend that all schools read this historical, breathtaking book!

By Year 6 St Nicholas C of E School, Elstree
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Beck G on 17 Mar. 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Elliott on 1 Aug. 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By popstar on 21 Jan. 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Feb. 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 May 2013
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AMAZING BOOK DEFINITELY WORTH A READ ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT TO YOU AND FREINDS
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 15 Mar. 2010
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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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By Alice Edwards on 13 July 2010
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I shared this book with year 3/4 while learning about the Victorians in our history topic. Most of the children loved this story because it explained the life of a Victorian child through the eyes of a real child's life experiences. My class particularly enjoyed this story because it was based on a true life story. Jessica particularly enjoyed comparing the life of Victorian children with that of our own life. Rebecca really enjoyed the fact that so many of the chapters ended on cliffhangers and kept the children gripped to this exciting story. Daniel was impressed by how much he learnt about the Victorians from this one book. Bartak appreciated the use imaginiative description including lots of adjectives,adverbs and similis. Thomas commented upon how easy this story was to follow.
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