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Thoroughly researched, quick moving, containing many unlikely coincidences, several plausible surprises and reverses, and overall grim. ( )
  themulhern | Oct 26, 2014 |
RGG: Dickensian story of a young boy mistaken for a criminal and sentenced to a prison boat. The style and mood make for a more difficult read. Reading Level: YA.
  rgruberexcel | Feb 1, 2014 |
The Convicts is a great book for anyone who likes Charles Dickens-ey type stories, aka books with lots of twists and supercute poor kids.

It's the story of Tom Tin (yes, it's a weird name) who gets thrown onto a hulk, a prison ship for boys. While there, he gets mistaken for someone called "The Smasher," (hence my username) who he apparently looks exactly like. With some help, he tries to think of a plan to escape from the ship and reunite with his father.

Some people might not like this because the story can be a bit gruesome at times and it's helpful if you have an interest and knowledge in the 19th century. However, I do, and I give it two thumbs up! ( )
  Hallo-Smashy | Jun 9, 2008 |
I only read the first couple of chapters of this book because it was a bit too dark and creepy for me. ( )
  JskyC | Jun 1, 2007 |
Not so good
  abuannie | Jan 2, 2007 |
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After seeing his father hauled off to debtor’s prison, Tom Tin sets out to take revenge on Mr. Goodfellow, the man responsible for his family’s misfortunes. But the fog-filled London streets are teeming with sinister characters. Tom encounters a blind man who scavenges the riverbed for treasure—and wants what Tom digs up; Worms, a body snatcher who reveals a shocking surprise; and a nasty gang of young pickpockets who mistake Tom for someone ominously known as the Smasher. And ultimately, Tom comes up against the cruel hand of the law.

Accused of murder, Tom is given a seven-year sentence. He is to be transported to Van Diemen’s Land with other juvenile convicts. But Tom can’t abide life on the Hulk, the old ship where the boys are temporarily held. He decides to escape. But if he’s to succeed, his luck needs to turn. . . .
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After seeing his father hauled off to debtor’s prison, Tom Tin sets out to take revenge on Mr. Goodfellow, the man responsible for his family’s misfortunes. But the fog-filled London streets are teeming with sinister characters. Tom encounters a blind man who scavenges the riverbed for treasure—and wants what Tom digs up; Worms, a body snatcher who reveals a shocking surprise; and a nasty gang of young pickpockets who mistake Tom for someone ominously known as the Smasher. And ultimately, Tom comes up against the cruel hand of the law.

Accused of murder, Tom is given a seven-year sentence. He is to be transported to Van Diemen’s Land with other juvenile convicts. But Tom can’t abide life on the Hulk, the old ship where the boys are temporarily held. He decides to escape. But if he’s to succeed, his luck needs to turn. . . .


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His efforts to avenge his father's unjust imprisonment force thirteen-year-old Tom Tin into the streets of nineteenth-century London, but after he is convicted of murder, Tom is eventually sent to Australia where he has a surprise reunion.

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