Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Victorian London offers a rich setting for all kinds of stories. It takes skillful writing to create singular characters as riveting as that time and place, and accomplished performers to give those characters the voices they deserve.
We were sad to lose author Terry Pratchett earlier this year, so it’s a special treat to be able to offer one of his novels, DODGER, in week 2. DODGER, named a Prinz Award Honor Book (2013) is set in Victorian London and gives a new back story to a significant character in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist. To honor that connection, we decided to introduce listeners to even more of the world of Dickens by pairing it with GREAT EXPECTATIONS, a reading list standard that also concerns an orphan among a memorable cast of characters like Pip and Miss Havisham.
Two great recordings, and so many additional listening opportunities of both Dickens' books and Pratchett's once you have enjoyed them! This week introduces young people to a variety of extraordinary characters skillfully voiced by narrators Stephen Briggs and Anton Lesser.