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1 Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens and Dodger By Terry Pratchett Gretchen S. Brittney W.

2 Major Characters Oliver Twist: the novel’s protagonist. He was born into nothing but still is a great kid, and many people like him. Fagin: criminal that takes in children so he can make them do his bidding; he never commits his own crimes. Nancy: prostitute, but like Oliver is a good person despite the situation that she is in. Mr. Brownlow: 1 st friend and mentor, a loyal and not cynical man despite what he went through.

3 Major Characters The Artful Dodger: comic relief in the novel, a young boy that acts like an old man, but speaks entirely in thief slang. Bill Sikes: Nancy’s pimp. He commits the worst crime in the novel, the murder of Nancy. Mrs. Maylie: loving mother that adopts orphans, coincidently from the same family.

4 Plot Summary Oliver was born to a mother that died shortly after. He is sent to live in bad orphanages for 9 years then starts to work in an adult workhouse. There he is sold and eventually becomes the apprentice for an undertaker.

5 Plot Summary Oliver runs away to London, where he gets involved in a gang and is taken in by Mr. Brownlow. Through a string of events, Oliver finds out he has a half brother, an aunt, and an inheritance from his father. Mr. Brownlow adopts Oliver, and they all live happily ever after.

6 Major Conflicts and Themes Good vs. Evil Society vs. Class Understanding society Overcoming adversity Discovering who you are and what you are capable of Discovering the value of family Anticipating adulthood

7 Additional Pieces Boy Called Twist TwistedTwisted: Gay adaptation TwistTwist: Gay adaptation The musical Oliver.Oliver

8 Scholarly Reviews “The Survival of Engaged Reading in the Internet Age: New Media, Old Media, and the Book” by Margaret Mackey published in Children’s Literature in Education The article talks about the trans-mediation of Pratchett’s series Discworld. “This article explores questions of paratext and spin-off text through an investigation of websites and other forms of satellite texts relating to… Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett.” “the Discworld books have… have led to the broadest range of offshoots.”

9 Scholarly Reviews "The Boys are Pickpockets, and the Girl is a Prostitute": Gender and Juvenile Criminality in Early Victorian England from Oliver Twist to London Labour” from New Literary History, Volume 27 "Dickens leaves a lot for his readers to determine -- by "inference"--especially concerning what exactly is "most debased and vicious" in the world of his criminal characters. The game of guessing the crime becomes a detective joke between Dickens and the reader, from the first time that Fagin plays his own game of picking pockets with the boys -- and only Oliver is innocent enough not to understand that they are practicing theft. This contrived collusion with the detective readers, underlined by Oliver's innocence and ignorance, allows Dickens to help them to the unavoidable inferences, "that the boys are pickpockets, and the girl is a prostitute."

10 Dodger Reviews “Dodger himself is nothing like the sharp-eyed original from Oliver Twist. Instead he is a basically noble young gentleman of the London rookeries, effortlessly competent in everything from thieving to outwitting villains, with an ability to come out on top that verges on the supernatural.” -Nicholas Tucker Dodger finds ways to put all that goodness to use. By turning this talented urchin into one young woman's "knight in soaking armor" (to use Dickens' description), Pratchett provides a focus for Dodger's better qualities. –Tasha Robinson

11 About the Author Book trailer: Book Trailer – YouTubeBook Trailer – YouTube Sir Terry: “In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen”

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