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Among the Fallen by Virginia Frances Schwartz

Among the Fallen

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Among the Fallen by Virginia Frances Schwartz
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Oct 08, 2019 | ISBN 9780823441020
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    Oct 08, 2019 | ISBN 9780823441020 | Young Adult

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    Oct 22, 2019 | ISBN 9780823444083 | Young Adult

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“Orpha’s narration is initially cool and detached as she observes the prison’s routines and her fellow inmates’ roles with calm resignation, but flashbacks to her sexual abuse by her uncle are panicked and visceral, belying the trauma that lies underneath her composure. . . . Like many Dickensian tales, this gives an unflinching look at the poor and destitute of the Victorian era but also paints a picture of hope in charity and compassion. An author’s note gives more historical information, and a glossary of period slang is included, as is a pointer to a source.”The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“[Orpha’s] struggle, colorful period detail, and the triumph of women so badly treated make for a fascinating read for those interested in women’s history.”Booklist

“Written in 20 chapters to mirror the installments in which Dickens released his novels, this atmospheric story is imbued with the sights, sounds, and smells (or more accurately, odors!) of 19th-century London’s rookeries, or slums. Like Dickens, author Schwartz (Crossing to Freedom, 2013, etc.) evokes the moral and political forces of the time; readers, particularly Margaret Atwood fans, will find parallels to the present. This Dickensian #MeToo novel calls out the lingering need for women’s rights.”—Kirkus Reviews

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