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Oliver Twist’s life has been a hard and desperate one. With his mother dying during his birth, and having no idea who his father was, Oliver has spent his first nine years struggling to survive in a world that has little pity for a poor orphan such as him. After Oliver gets involved with the nefarious Fagin and the sinister Bill Sikes, he is wounded during a burglary. Oliver is rescued by Sikes’s intended victims, the young Rose Maylie, and her guardian, Mrs. Maylie. At last, the boy finds a loving home and people who care for him. But how long will Oliver’s happiness endure, especially when Fagin begins to conspire with a mysterious stranger with a link to the boy's past?
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“It is no small task to condense one of Dickens’s most beloved and frequently retold stories from 400 pages into a mere 88 while maintaining the major plot developments. However, remarkably, this graphic novel version is generally a success in this regard… Overall, Johnson’s wordsmithing makes this edition an easy read, and it includes annotations when Dickens’s original phrasing may be unknown to modern readers. Nagulakonda’s use of color–and the lack thereof in the seedy underworld of Fagin and the Artful Dodger–adds vibrancy and a strong emotional tone to Oliver’s plight. Readers who are less familiar with the story will find this an engaging read and might even be persuaded to read the full-length tome.”— Library Journal