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Beggar Charlie [EPUB] ✰ Beggar Charlie By Madeleine McLaughlin – Thomashillier.co.uk After his mother dies Beggar Charlie finds himself alone begging for bread Life doesn't get any better when he is press ganged His only hope is the captain of the merchant ship who takes a liking to h After his mother dies Beggar Charlie finds himself alone begging for bread Life doesn't get any better when he is press ganged His only hope is the captain of the merchant ship who takes a liking to himWhen the ship docks in China Charlie is sent ashore with Hickory Dick a boy he mistrusts A rebellion foments and in horror Charlie watches as the merchant ship sinks when some Chinese men set it on fire Whatever will Beggar Charlie and Hickory Dick do.

10 thoughts on “Beggar Charlie

  1. Kathryn Svendsen Kathryn Svendsen says:

    Beggar Charlie chronicles the adventures of a 12 year old orphan and his 15 year old shipmate when they are given a day to wander in ShanghaiThey meet up with Tang a young Chinese boy who speaks English and befriends them inviting them to his home Arriving at his home however they find Tang’s father murdered leaving Tang an orphan just like Charlie and Dick They decide to return to their ship and bring Tang with them They see it overtaken by the Chinese and sunk while in port Charlie sees the Captain fall overboard with several Chinese with knives landing on top of him Thinking the captain is dead the ship sunk and the crew scattered the boys must figure out what to doThere are a lot of twists and turns in this novel that surprised me These twists did not seem contrived or too coincidental but flowed naturally as part of the story yet were unexpectedThe characters of the three boys developed immensely throughout the book Each one developed loyalty towards the others; they came to understand that a sense of family and friendship comes from shared experiences and caring for one another Charlie became self confident Dick self assured and mature and Tang a little world wiseBeggar Charlie is written from the first person point of view in Charlie’s voice His English is old English so readers will need to be aware of that This gives a greater feel of authenticity to the book for the era of 200 years ago in which the book is setI liked the pacing of the story It was a comfortable speed and the book was not all that long just 79 pages Beggar Charlie was a very engaging read and showed the development of friendship and family Usually family is made up of people we are related to but sometimes the people we call family are the people we choose to be our familyI would highly recommend Beggar Charlie for readers of all ages It is a book that will make you feel good by the time you put it down I gave it 5 stars out of 5Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review A positive opinion was not reuired All thoughts are my ownTo see my complete review visit Shelf Full of Books

  2. Lin Holmes Lin Holmes says:

    Beggar Charlie by Madeleine McLaughlin a Tween adventure available from MuseItUp publishing is a short story set in a time frame when children were not cherished and life is not all that valuedOrphaned when he woke to find his mother had died beside him somewhere throughout the night Charlie is sold into the sailing life under Captain Butler a man who keeps him close against the river rats that would set upon the boy without a second thought Living at sea is a brutal life under the best of times but when you are barely as high as a knee cap and you're grieving your mother it can be terrifyingCaptain Butler sails them to China gifts him and the next oldest boy Hickory Dick the first shore timebut the China shores are in unrest and the people many of them addicted to the vagaries of Opium angryWalking the streets of this strange land where people speak China talk they find a native lad Tang who invites the boys to his father's house for some hospitality What they find will bring three lads together to brave the world as they seek refuge somewhere for them to live out their childhoods togetherLeaving the house of violent death Tang now a part of their little unit watch the captain tossed overboard and the shipsinkThe three boys set off watching each other's back heading for Tang's aunt in Shanghai and the hope of a future three boys can share and find comfort inFamily they learn can come from those not attached to you by blood Some comes through shared experience shared concern for making it through times no longer anything remotely like what they expectedThis is a beautiful touching story about courage in the face of terrible necessity and opening your heart soul and beliefs to those who might be strangers but are important to you now that you have survived so much than the very breath you breatheThis is a powerful short story I cannot recommend highly enoughIn a time where we look at others and call them names because we have nothing important to otherwise focus our inner powers on I found this a story that any and every teacher should make reuired readingWell Dome Ms McLaughlinFIVE STARS easilywish I could give it

  3. Billy Buttons Billy Buttons says:

    This book was entered and was a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards This is what our readers thoughtTitle Beggar CharlieAuthor Madeleine McLaughlinStar Rating 5 StarsNumber of Readers 26StatsEditing 910Style 910Content 1010Covers 910Of the 26 readers26 would read another book by this author25 thought the cover was good or excellent25 felt the writing style was excellent easy to follow and descriptiveReaders’ Comments‘Exciting book with lots and lots happening I love a good adventure and this as really good’ Boy aged 19‘The life on the ship was frightening It must be horrible to be an orphan and have to live like that This was a good story’ Girl aged 9‘I liked how the adventure went to China and was not just set in England or America The writing was fab and very easy to follow I like the characters too particularly Tang OK cover and a good ending’ Girl aged 12‘I liked the way he spoke a sort of old English I enjoyed working it out in parts There were lots of twists and I was often surprised at what happened’ Boy aged 11‘Historical books can be a bit boring but this wasn’t Lots happened and there wasn’t too much description Best book I read this month’ Girl aged 12‘Bril’ book’ Boy aged 9‘An exciting fast paced adventure A finalist and highly recommended’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

  4. Rosie Rosie says:

    This amazing story as narrated by Charlie himself pulled me into an adventure filled with fear strength and courage The friendship that develops between the boys is heart lifting teaching readers of all ages that love loyalty and trust can see you through the toughest of times ‘Beggar Charlie’ may have started out young and ill educated but the life lessons he is taught along the way are invaluable in every sense Madeleine McLaughlin is a truly talented writer and the style of narration used in this book is absolutely delightful I look forward to reading from Madeleine in the future Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

  5. Suzanne Montigny Suzanne Montigny says:

    I was immediately snatched into the world of Madeleine McLaughlin's Beggar Charlie where a boy is sent ashore during an uprising in China two centuries ago I followed beggar Charlie and his two friends as they fought to escape the rebels traveling far up river struggling to save their lives not knowing what place they'd call home if ever again I found I was captivated by the dialect of Beggar Charlie as well as the plight of the young boy Tang whose father is murdered Madeleine McLaughlin's writing is superb

  6. Hilary Mack Hilary Mack says:

    This is a superb book Aimed at readers aged between about 8 and 12 years it is pitched perfectly The lead character is himself about that age and we see everything through his eyes There's enough adventure to satisfy but nothing to give nightmares the characters are rich and well drawn and the descriptions of China and the people the boys encounter there are wonderfulThere was only one thing that made me frown and it may be me that is in error When talking about trading in opium all the characters saw those that did so as evil and shameful In the twenty first century of course that is right but I did wonder if it would also be the case at the time the book is set Had I been asked I would have said I thought they would be unbothered seeing it as just another commodity But as i say I may be wrong My knowledge of that time and place is sketchy to say the leastThat aside I found myself gripped by Beggar Charlie's adventures I will definitely be looking out for of Ms McLaughlin's work

  7. Cale Cale says:

    45 starsthis was the first book I’ve read by this author Madeleine McLaughlin but I certainly hope it’s not the last She has a gift for writing descriptive and life like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story as opposed to it all just being “told” to us as so many authors make the mistake of doing I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative but instead like a new niche of middle grade young adult that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie cutter genre in my opinion The characters were all fully realized and established in their own right Charlie Hickory Dick Tang Captain etc The pacing was solid perhaps a bit slow in some parts and I thought there was a certain scene involving the captain and the fire that seemed kind of rushed or glossed over even though later it made sense I just thought Charlie’s reaction wasn’t as deep as expected However overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well written engaging with a fresh voice and delivered an emotional win in the end

  8. Edith Parzefall Edith Parzefall says:

    Another great story by the author of The Mountain City Bronzes Madeleine McLaughlin weaves a captivating adventure sending her young English heros into the foreign world of China where they find friends and encounter enemies and learn uite a few lessons about life I strongly recommend this story for young and old

  9. Antje Hergt Antje Hergt says:

    What a great and interesting historical book for children I love the first person narrator such a realistic and likable character The twists and turns of his adventure keeps you glued to the pages

  10. Rebecca Blair Rebecca Blair says:

    Was disappointed after reading two very positive reviews The target age was 10 18 but some adult and violent content doesn't seem to be appropriate for 10 year olds

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