Published: April 13, 2011
Words: 77,179 (approximate)
Lizzie, a spunky nine-year-old street waif manages to escape the clutches of the law while her friends are deported for stealing food. Later, wandering the streets, she aids an old man and starts selling bread on the street to feed them. Thus begins her life as a budding entrepreneur in London during the Napoleonic Wars, and a chain of events which will change the face of dockland forever
The year is 1804 and Lizzie Short, a street smart, spunky 9-year-old street waif in the dockland area of London during the Napoleonic Wars, finds herself beginning a new life following the deportation of her friends who are caught stealing food. Wandering the streets alone, she goes to the aid of an injured man beginning a series of events which change her young life. She meets Quon Lee, a boy of similar age, who becomes her friend and business partner.
Whittle's first bestselling novel brings us a richly entertaining, old-fashioned coming-of-age story set during the Napoleonic Wars. He describes the street smart and spunky Lizzie, "as a girl who didn't have a father to educate her to the fact that in those days girls weren't supposed to think!" Thus Lizzie turns out to be unusual for her time--a gifted and enterprising girl, who by her own will, perseverance and intelligence, finds a way to survive.
, adventures of a girl
, napoleonic wars
, adventure coming of age heroic
, century 19
, kid entrepreneur
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on March 08, 2012 :
This book was very repetitive: Lizzie comes up with an idea - it's successful; Lizzie comes up with a bigger idea - it's successful; Lizzie comes up with a huge idea - it's successful. I would have liked more character development and more suspense.
(reviewed long after purchase)