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Oliver Twist

Classic ReadOliver Twist
by Charles Dickens

So far we have received 25 reviews of Oliver Twist. You can read them below.

Abbygail from Year 8, Danum Academy:

oliver twist is a very interesting book that has many parts to
it.the basic storyline is oliver is in an orphan workplace and
dares ask for more food,he is then sent out to fend for himself
he then meets up with the artful dodger,bill sykes,nancy and
the rest of the gang he then becomes a pickpocket and gets into
some bother and unfourtunatly bill sykes kills nancy so then
oliver meets up with his long lost grandad and lives happily
ever after.i really enjoyed this book however it would probably
appeal to much older people instead of young

Marks out of 10: 8

Aimee from Year 7, The Laurel Academy, Mexborough:

I read the graphic novel version and within minutes I was
enchanted by the plot. The sad story and it then had a happy
ending. The story kept me on the edge of my seat.

Marks out of 10: 8

Corryn from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Oliver Twist was a good book because it explained a lot of
detail. It is about an orphan boy who was born in a factory but
his mum died minutes later so he was sent to a workhouse. He
got into gangs and he met this man and he was in a gang. It is
an amazing classic but I only gave it an 8 because it got a bit
boring in some parts but other than that it was very good

Marks out of 10: 8

Romy from Year 7, Danum Academy:

This book I really do enjoy, even though I only read the plague
I will read on; but I am only on the second real page. So far
Oliver is born and he is in a children centre and he gets
treated like rubbish.

Marks out of 10: 10

Abby S from Year 10, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Oliver Twist is obviously a very well-known story; it has many
TV and film adaptions. It is about an orphan boy Oliver Twist,
his mother died just after giving birth to him and Oliver was
forced to live in the squalor of a workhouse, then he is moved
to work in a different branch-workhouse, there it falls to him
to ask for more food one mealtime. The boys are given the very
least of the very poorest food that could be found, gruel which
is basically very weak watered down porridge, just enough to
keep them alive and asking for more is a serious offence.
Oliver must be punished so they decide they must get rid of
young Oliver by sending him off as an apprentice to someone
willing to take the orphan of the workhouses hands. One day a
scruffy ill spoken chimney sweep arrives and agrees to take the
boy, Oliver can work for him, living dangerously, scrambling up
disgusting, dirty chimneys. Oliver cries and begs because he
does not want to go with the disgusting man. Another
opportunity arrives and Oliver has to take it. This decision
leads to him meeting characters such as the common thief the
Artful Dodger, Fagin the man that gives street urchins a place
to stay as long as they steal things for him and Bill Sikes a
terrifying and violent man that Oliver gets on the wrong side
of.
This story is really upsetting; right from the beginning it is
very sombre. The descriptions of the houses, the area and the
people show that back then, in the time Oliver was living in
the book, it was incredibly grimy, horrid, polluted,
overpopulated and crime-ridden. It makes you feel sorry for a
lot of the characters because most of them steal and do what
they do to survive. The young orphan boys have to get enough
many for food, something to wear and somewhere to stay but
that’s really difficult. Loads of people are living in
disease ridden cramped areas and that’s what life was
actually like for the poor in Victorian times.
I enjoyed the book because it was interesting and a fantastic
plot and literally a classic. However I did find it quite
difficult to read, it took me ages and I didn’t understand a
load of the words. Obviously, because of when it was written
the language is very old fashioned and at some points I found
it confusing and difficult to understand but it was still a
good book.
I recommend the book for older secondary school pupils because
the subjects in it are rather depressing but mainly because the
language is quite difficult to understand, you do get used to
it as you read on though.

Marks out of 10: 7

Brittany from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I really enjoyed this book. The last time I read Oliver Twist,
the book book was really chunky and boring, it dragged on
forever. My favourite character was Nancy, she was strange and
weird. I really liked the front cover, it was very catchy and
caught my eye, thats why I picked this book up. I really loved
the pictures, they were very intricate and had a modern/oldy
worldy theme.

Marks out of 10: 10

tia from Year 12, Hall Cross Academy:

I thinck oliver sould be treated like a 12 year old boy and be
rich anlive in a nicer home.

Marks out of 10: 10

Lucy from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I really enjoyed Oliver Twist because it a eye catching story
but also well known. The famous catchphrase from the book is
'Please Sir, may i have some more' and in reason you want more
of the book. The man who finds Oliver and takes him to live at
a posh house is actually his grandfather, but disaster strikes
when Fagin is eager to find Oliver. Nancy pretends to be his
sister and gets infomation were Oliver is and worst of it Bill
Sykes makes Oliver rob a house and gets caught what will
happen? Re-read the book if you have already read it or lend
the book from the library to find out. Its a gripping book not
to be missed !!

Marks out of 10: 9

from Year 8, Ash Hill Academy:

well......
this is an AMAZING book, its well known and very addictive,(I
couldn't put it down!),evryone wants to read it, this book is
about a little boy that gets passed from house to house and
then runs away to london and meets a little boy called dodger,
dodger takes him back to where he lives and introduces him to
his friends which are pocket thieves and go around pinching
things and then oliver wants to leave and go home but he gets
into some trouble because he gets cauught and took to caught
and so on

Marks out of 10: 10

Charlotte from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is ok. I was not kean on this book at first because
it is hard to get into, but once you have got into it, its
great. This book is about a boy called Oliver Twist. It is set
in Victorian times. This book is a great adventure, but I
prefer the film. I would reccomend this book to older children
because it is a harder read. But I enjoyed the book.

Marks out of 10: 5

Lucy from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Oliver is an orphan who has a hard life and wants to escape.
Fagin uses him as a thief. What I liked most about the book
was that Oliver gets re-united with his grandad.

My favourite character was Nancy. I liked her because she
didn't leave Oliver out like the other boys. I didn't like
when she got murdered by Bill Sykes.

I would recommend this book because it is a well writtten book
by a famous author.

Marks out of 10: 8

Rebecca from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

great classic i like the pick pocket.

Marks out of 10: 8

Jack from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

One of the best DBA Books out there. Charles Dickens was a
great author!! He really talks about important life lessons
while writing an excellent book at the same time. 'Please, S

Marks out of 10: 10

Jack from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

A great book by a great author. Charles Dickens is a very
inspirational Victorian author for kids of our generation.
'Please, Sir, can I have some more?!'

Marks out of 10: 10

ROBERT from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

Oliver twist where to start it is one of them book that got me
going. Even though its a classic it was a little scary when
oliver had to sleep in that coffin it was creepy so i can
clearly say and admit i was a little scared so i will not read
it again which is a shame on me. But the rest of the book is
marvallous so i am going to read it no matter what. I would
recommend this book to anyone who likes classics and if they
like scary storys so im proud to say i give this book

10 OUT OF 10

Marks out of 10: 10

Neve from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

Oliver Twist is a very well known book. The basic story plot
is: Oliver's mother died shortly after giving birth to him, so
Oliver is left to live in the Workhouse. Next Fagin used Oliver
as a pickpocket, but in the end Oliver got re-united with his
granddad. My favorite character is Nancy, but later on in the
book she was murdered by Bill Sykes. This is a really good book
written by a very well known author, Charles Dickens. However,
I would recommend this book to older children as some of the
language is quite difficult to understand so I rate this book
9/10!!!!

Marks out of 10: 9

Morgan from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

I didn't like this book very much it was really confusing

Marks out of 10: 4

Ciara McCann from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I think Oliver Twist is amazing and very heartwelming when you
this book it makes you feel really sorry for Oliver because
hios mother died and he gets treated really poorly in the
orphanage.Also when he s living with the underaker and his
family you feel his pain when their son makes fun of Oliver and
his mother.Then you feel really happy when he meets Nancy
however when Nancy gets killed by the horrible Bill Sykes you
feel really angry and upset. Fially, in the ending when Oliver
find out that his Grandpa is still alive and his goes to live
with him you are so happy and relived he has somewhere to live
and love.

Marks out of 10: 7

elisha from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

i absolutely loved this book! it was a bit hard to get into at
first but after the beginning when you really get into it, it
is really good and a great story to perform as a drama
production...

Marks out of 10: 8

Harry from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I think this book was good but not as good as newer books. I
think Charles Dickens has writen better books than this. I like
chapter 2 where he got caught staeling
and ran off. And I like the bit where that man hanged himself.

I think you will like it better so read it.

Marks out of 10: 8

Jasmine from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Oliver Twist is a story about a young boy who lives in a
workhouse. One day he asks for some more gruel (really watery
porridge) and he gets shouted at a lot.

Oliver finds a gang owned by Fagin and becomes good friends
with the Artful Dodger. Fagin makes the boys in the gang
pickpocket people to get him money. When Oliver got pushed into
pickpocketing he didn't like it. Artful picked Mr Brownlow's
pocket but Mr Brownlow suspects that it's Oliver.
He felt sorry for Oliver and let him live with him.

Whilst at the Brownlow's Oliver gets fed and clean clothes.
Fagin finds Oliver and makes him come back and join his
pickpocketing gang. Oliver has to even though he doesn't want
to. Nancy is on her way to take Oliver back to the Brownlow's
but before they get there Oliver experienced something
horrible.

Marks out of 10: 7

marie from Year 6, Barnburgh Primary School:

This book is ok but I think the writing is a bit small but the
book is ok but it is not for me because I don't really read old
vashoned books you might like this book but as I said it is not
for me.

Marks out of 10: 3

Rebecca from Year 6, Bessacarr Primary School:

I loved the bit when Oliver Twist picked the short straw and
had to ask for more. When the cook boomed back MORE I almost
giggled off my bed.The rest of it when Oliver had to live out
on the streets was alright but then when he was taken in from a
theiving man it made me intrigued. Later on when he was found
once more it made me cry when he had found a loving parent.

This book is outstanding and I thought it was very sad. I have
a sister who played one of the theives and made my Mum cry.
When I read the book, I realised why.
I would recommend this book to people who like tragedies with a
sort of happy twist at the end.
*******stars.

Marks out of 10: 7

Jennifer from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

A classic book about a boy who was born in a workhouse and got
involved with pickpockets and criminals. I like this book
because it has an emotional storyline however it isn't a book
that I would usually read or would be too interested in
reading.

Marks out of 10: 6

Hayley from Year 5:

I think Oliver Twist was a brilliant book to read for children
who are under 11 years old. I would recommend it to my best
friend who is Tanzia in the Mulberry Primary School.

Marks out of 10: 7

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