The Convicts

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Delacorte Press, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 198 pages
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After seeing his father hauled off to debtor's prison, Tom Tin sets out to take revenge on Mr. Goodfellow, the man responsible for his family's misfortunes. But the fog-filled London streets are teeming with sinister characters. Tom encounters a blind man who scavenges the riverbed for treasure—and wants what Tom digs up; Worms, a body snatcher who reveals a shocking surprise; and a nasty gang of young pickpockets who mistake Tom for someone ominously known as the Smasher. And ultimately, Tom comes up against the cruel hand of the law.

Accused of murder, Tom is given a seven-year sentence. He is to be transported to Van Diemen's Land with other juvenile convicts. But Tom can't abide life on the Hulk, the old ship where the boys are temporarily held. He decides to escape. But if he's to succeed, his luck needs to turn. . . .

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User Review  - MsSarah19 - Borders

This is a overall great book to read. It has lovable characters, a detailed setting, and a nice plot. I would highly recommend this book. It's great for readers of all ages and not just the young. Read full review

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

Thoroughly researched, quick moving, containing many unlikely coincidences, several plausible surprises and reverses, and overall grim. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Iain Lawrence is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including The Lightkeeper's Daughter, Lord of the Nutcracker Men, Ghost Boy, and the High Seas Trilogy: The Wreckers, The Smugglers, and The Buccaneers. The author lives on Gabriola Island, BC.

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