Street Child

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  • The unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children’s homes.

    When his mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls. Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends… only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick. Will Jim ever manage to be free?

    Street Child

Street Child

Our Denner's Rate This Book: 4.1 out of 5
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Length: 208 pages
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ISBN: 978-0007311255

I thought this book was really interesting it made me feel a really bad for Jim with the dog and Grimy Nick he was really mean actually my favourite bit was were grimy Nick told him to get water and he spills it and gets told of for putting the fire out.

This book made me feel Sad

Amy5632Amy5632 ( age 10 )

This book was pretty good. I liked the fact that it is based on a real story set in the 1800s. It gives a nice amount of detail and describes his life very nicely. You should read it.
It's mostly about a boy called Jim Jarvis. When the Landlord comes Jim's sisters, his mum and himself have to move out of their little room because they can't pay for it. Soon after, his mother dies and his sisters get given to a friend of his mum-Rosie. He gets sent to the Workhouse.

This book made me feel Happy, Curious, Intrigued, Amused, Moved

A9632A9632 ( age 9 )

I recommend this book to everyone. We had this book as a class book and I really enjoyed it. It's about a boy called Jim Jarvis who lived in the Victorian era. He was poor and his family got kicked out of their rented room. He was sent to the workhouse and later escaped. He was then found and rented by a man who worked on a coal barge and Jim was forced to work very hard. On his second attempt, Jim escaped from the man too and later went too see a man called Barnie who wanted to help the homeless children who were living on the streets.

This book made me feel Sad, Moved

ThomasDThomasD ( age 10 )

I found this book quite good because it was set in Victorian times and my favourite history subject is Victorians

This book made me feel Curious

Jessica9232Jessica9232 ( age 9 )

I thought this book was rather sad yet very enjoyable .Overall I liked this book because it started off sad but got better and better . Not only did this book have great storyline It taught you a lot about history ; I personally didn't know a lot about the workhouses but the book made me feel as if I was in a workhouse.

This book made me feel Curious, Intrigued, Moved

Travis7722Travis7722 ( age 10 )

I thought this book was great! On the first page I wasn't very interested in the book but then I really liked it. This book made me feel curious and made me want to keep reading so I recommend it.

This book made me feel Curious

Isabel6622Isabel6622 ( age 10 )

It was very good when he ran away from the work house

It was very sad when his mother died

This book made me feel Sad

James2322James2322 ( age 10 )

This book was really good. After Jim's mother dies, he is forced to go to the workhouse with horrible Grimy Nick and get separated from his sisters Emily and Lizzie. Jim tries to escape Grimy Nick and meets Barnie (Which is Jim's name for him, ) at the end. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is a very inspiring and gripping victorian book. I recommend it to literally EVERYONE🌍

This book made me feel Sad, Excited, Curious, Intrigued, Amused, Moved, Teary and curious

Delilah3322Delilah3322 ( age 10 )

This book was quite good! *°◇°* Jim Jarvis lives in a slum with his Ma, and his two sisters. Because they can't pay the rent, they get kicked out and forced to live on the streets. Jim's sisters find work, but he and his Ma go to the workhouse, which is TORTURE. Will Jim ever find a home? Find out in this amazingly page-turning book!☆☆😉😀
Highly recommended:)

This book made me feel Happy, Sad, Excited, Curious, Scared, Intrigued, Amused, Moved

Mirabella2632Mirabella2632 ( age 10 )

I thought this book was great! We had it as a class book to read over the half term. At first, I had mixed feelings about this book but as I read the first page, I was completely hooked. The book is about a boy called Jim Jarvis (this book is set in Victorian times) who becomes homeless is then sent to the workhouse, and lves in different places. He meet new friends and has two sisters: Lizzie and Emily and his mother. I think this book was quite dark at the start but eventually becomes a happy ending.

This book made me feel Sad, Excited, Curious, Intrigued

Mahayla2532Mahayla2532 ( age 10 )

Jim Jarvis liked to run away. It was hard in the 1860s,people used young boys like him to work in hot dangerous workhouses. All he wanted was his two sisters and his mother. Just as he escaped the cruel grimey Nick took him away and his dog snipe to guard Jim from escaping.

I thought this book was sad and miserable but also exciting in a way. It made me feel like what was going to happen next.

This book made me feel Sad, Curious, Scared

Charlotte9132Charlotte9132 ( age 10 )

I really enjoyed this book because you learn how tough life was for poor children in Victorian times. The workhouse sounded horrible and I wouldn't want to go there. Children had to steal from richer families just to get food and sometimes they got caught and were punished.

After Jim escaped from the workhouse life didn't get better for him and he was still treated badly. He was forced to work with Grimy Nick shovelling heavy coal all day long with no breaks at all. Grimy Nick didn't give Jim enough food and sometimes the dog got more food than him.

At the end of story it tells you about how he met Dr Barnado, a kind man who wanted to help poor children and that is where Jim lived and got an education.

This book made me feel Happy, Sad, Intrigued, Moved

Grace9522Grace9522 ( age 10 )

Jim Jarvis is a runaway. when his mother dies, Jim is all alone in the workhouse and desperate to escape. But London in the 1860s is a dangerous and lonely place for a small boy and life is a constant battle for survival. Just when Jim finds some friends he is snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe.

This book made me feel Sad, Scared

Abigail8122Abigail8122 ( age 10 )

I didn't like it that much actually I didn't just get straight into it infact I never did.
My favorite paragraph was the workhouse chapter some people may like that book but it's just not one for me.

This book made me feel bored

Toby8932Toby8932 ( age 9 )

I thought this was a moving book, which is based on a true story about a boy called Jim Jarvis and his early life in the Victorian era. Jim and his family could not pay the rent of a hotel . They were kicked out and Jim's siblings were sent to live with their mother's friend. Jim and his mother were sent to the workhouse.

This book made me feel Moved

Lee6132Lee6132 ( age 9 )

I have mixed feeling on this book. Even though I loved the story and the way its described, I disliked how fast the time passed. Other than that, I enjoyed the story a lot.
Its about a Victorian boy called Jim. Like the title suggests, he becomes homeless and is faced with a variety of different problems.
Its also interesting how this is partly based off a real story. All thoughts included, I actually really enjoyed this book.

This book made me feel Curious, Intrigued, Moved

Nerys2832Nerys2832 ( age 11 )

I felt that this book taught me a valuable lesson about never taking things for granted and about how lucky we are not only to go to school, but to enjoy it as well.

This book made me feel Sad, Scared, Intrigued, Moved

Leo2132Leo2132 ( age 10 )

The book had sad moments where Jim was dragged away from happy settings and a happy life . After ma died and they were kicked out of the appartment block Jim is seperated from his sisters Emily and Lizzie.

This book made me feel Happy, Sad, Excited, Curious, Scared, Intrigued, Amused, Moved

NiamhMNiamhM ( age 10 )

This book is about a boy named Jim Jarvis who loved in the Victorian times. Jim's family were kicked out of there house and had to go to the workhouse, later on in this story we find Jim with this man named Grimy Nick who forces him to help him on the canals. He escaped from the canals and went to his old workhouse friend Shrimps then he finds someone called Barnie who helps Jim to survive.

This book made me feel Curious

Ethan3642Ethan3642 ( age 9 )

I thought that this book was very fascinating. It told the reader a bit of how it was like in the Victorians. I also really like how the storyline is based on a true story. It is about a young boy whos slowly looses his family and is trying to find a way to get out of the workhouse. The boy's name is Jim, and he actually inspired a Victorian teacher to set up a charity called The Barnabus fund(s omething along the lines of that.) I highly recommend this book to people who like a bit of a sad story but also a bit of an adventure.

This book made me feel Sad, Curious, Intrigued, Moved

Emily9222Emily9222 ( age 10 )

Its AMAZING I loved it its about A boy called Jim And its based on a true story he has two sisters and his mother dies and his father is dead. They are very poor and he has a sad life. You MUST read it .....................

This book made me feel Happy, Sad, Curious, Intrigued

Freya6532Freya6532 ( age 9 )

I thought this book was exciting and sometimes sad.

This book made me feel Excited, Curious, Intrigued, Amused, Moved

Freyja6632Freyja6632 ( age 10 )

This book is a great insight of how kids lived during the Victorian times.

This book made me feel Happy, Curious, Intrigued, Amused

Alicia4169Alicia4169 ( age 11 )

I liked Jim because he has a very strong personality.

This book made me feel Sad, Curious, Intrigued, Amused, Moved

LizzieHamsLizzieHams ( age 10 )

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