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Smith (original 1967; edition 2012)
by Leon Garfield, Peter Bailey (Illustrator), Peter Gavin (Introduction)
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"Leon Garfield is unmatched for sheer, exciting storytelling." --Lloyd Alexander
This brilliant, picaresque novel follows the adventures of an illiterate young ragamuffin known only as Smith. Smith picks the pocket of a stranger, only to witness immediately the strangers murder. Smiths booty from the theft is an Important Document, no doubt worth quite a lot to somebody, which is proved by the pursuit of Smith by two very shady characters. Smith artfully dodges them and winds up in the odd company of a wealthy blind man, who takes Smith into his home and provides him with an education. But this new comfort is lost when Smith himself is suspected of the very murder he witnessed. Smith was a Boston Globe--Horn Book Honor Book, winner of the Phoenix Award, and a Carnegie Honor Book.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:20:16 -0400)
A young pickpocket in eighteenth century London takes a document he cannot read from a man's pocket and a moment later sees the man murdered by two men who want the document.
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
An edition of this book was published by NYRB Classics.
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