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It wasn’t often that the late Pratchett dallied from his long-running Discworld series, but when he did, he knocked it out of the park. Here, he hangs all his comedy chops on Dodger, a 17-year-old urchin in Victorian London. With one Good Samaritan act, Dodger’s world gets turned upside down, as he climbs the social ladder to rescue a young girl. Along the way, he has run-ins with real-life heavyweights including Charles Dickens and Benjamin Disraeli, and colorful fictional characters like Sweeney Todd. You just never know who’ll turn up.