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Classic Books for Children Giveaway and Review Event September 4 – 30

Family Literacy and You & Mymcbooks Blog welcome you to our 1st Annual Classics 4 Kids Event.

We want to make sure that you and your child don’t forget the classics books. We will feature books reviews and biography of chosen classic authors. We’ll also giveaway free classic books for the month of September. We will feature 1 giveaway a week and the winner will be selected via

Mymcbooks has chosen  Charles Dickens. We’ll features 1 classic book every week. This week is Oliver Twist


One of the grand masters of Victorian literature, Charles Dickens was born onFebruary 7, 1812, in Landport,Portsea,England. He died inKentonJune 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling atWellingtonHouseAcademy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

Charles Dickens published over a dozen major novels, a large number of short stories (including a number of Christmas-themed stories), a handful of plays, and several non-fiction books. Dickens’s novels were initially serialised in weekly and monthly magazines, then reprinted in standard book formats.

Our first book for this event/giveaway will be Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens, published by Richard Bentley in 1838. The story is about an orphan Oliver Twist, who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.

Oliver Twist is notable for Dickens’ unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives. The book exposed the cruel treatment of many a waif-child in London, which increased international concern in what is sometimes known as “The Great London Waif Crisis”: the large number of orphans in London in the Dickens era. The book’s subtitle, The Parish Boy’s Progress alludes to Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and also to a pair of popular 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, “A Rake’s Progress” and “A Harlot’s Progress“.

An early example of the social novel, the book calls the public’s attention to various contemporary evils, including the Poor Law, child labour and the recruitment of children as criminals. Dickens mocks the hypocrisies of his time by surrounding the novel’s serious themes with sarcasm and dark humour. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of hardships as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens’s own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story’s development.

Oliver Twist has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations, and is the basis for a highly successful musical play, and the multiple Academy Award winning 1968 motion picture made from it.


This Giveaway is Open to the US ONLY – Start 4th – Ends 10th

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 A copy of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist will be given to 1 winner selected by

Family Literacy and You!

Drop by Family Literacy and You to learn about the Turn of the 19th Century authors

 Family Literacy and You first book will be The Princess and the Goblin by George McDonald

About the book:
She immediately took off her ring and put it under her pillow. As she did so, she fancied she felt a finger and thumb take it gently from under her palm… and then, feeling with the forefinger of her right hand, (she) soon found her grandmother’s thread, which she proceeded at once to follow… To read more and enter this giveaway Visit 


This giveaway has ended! Check back later for the next classic book by Charles Dickens


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  1. This was a very well written review. I have not read this book in particular, but we are currently reading ‘Ragged Dick’ and it sounds quite similar. I think it is great for children, especially adolescents to be exposed to such stories and see how very blessed they are.

    Comment by carrie | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you very much for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom I always knew I should start reading more classics >< would love to see if I like this one!

    Comment by krystallarson | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. I have heard a lot of references to this book and seen bits and pieces from the various movies, but we have never actually read the whole book. Would love to have a chance. Thanks for the review and the info on Charles Dickens himself.

    Comment by Andrea Williams | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  4. My Grandaughter would love this book. I need to get back into the classics. we can have a Classic week read one then something else .together she would love it. Thanks for the chance to win on my fixed income it will help. joannie jscddmj at aol dot com

    Comment by Joannie Sparks | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  5. The life of a child was so terrible back then. Reads like this not only teach our children knowledge they wouldn’t have but let them see how different their lives are and how blessed they really are. I love Charles Dicken’s work.Thanks for the excellent review. GFC under Lucky47.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  6. I am one of those readers who got through high school and college without being assigned to read what are considered to be “classics” in literature. It is one of those things that is on my list of things to do. At my age, I feel that I would have a better appreciation of Charles Dicken’s work. I hope that I will have the opportunity to read Oliver Twist in the near future.

    Thank you,

    Christine Womack

    Comment by Christine W | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  7. Would love to be able to have my kids start reading the classics. I never remember reading this one growing up…I did see the movie though. Other Charles Dickens writings are wonderful though.

    Comment by lisa | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  8. I would love to get this book for my kids,You can never go wrong with a good classic:):)
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy!!

    Comment by LorettaLynn | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  9. I remember reading this book when I was younger and I am still affected by the cruelty to children that just devastated me when I read it. Charles Dickens writes in such a powerful way that you feel every emotion when you read his tales. I think it is important for kids today to read the classics, and I would love to win a copy of this terrific book 🙂

    Comment by Julie Witt | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  10. I’d love to share this book with my little one. I remember chain-reading all of Dicken’s books one summer. Great stuff!

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I love classic literature, though the only Dickens I’ve read is A Christmas Carol and a fantasy mashup of Great Expectations.

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

    Comment by Susanna P | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  12. Thank you for this event. Too many kids (myself included as a kid at heart) don’t read the classics. This event is a great way to introduce people to them and hopefully make them want to read more. Already, through your review, I have learned some about Charles Dickens’ life that I didn’t know before. Now I want to read the book and see (or imagine) how much of his real life was reflected in the story.


    Comment by Cassandra | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  13. I would love to have this book to add to my homeschool library we are going to be reading classics this year.
    I follow you and Family Literacy and You.

    Comment by Daily Woman | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  14. Thanks for the review and giveaway. Our family has been fans of Charles Dickens for years. I would love to be included in your giveaway.
    I’m now following Family Literacy and You.

    Comment by Wanda | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  15. great book! thx for the gvwy
    blstef1 at mts dot net

    Comment by faith hope & cherrytea | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  16. I do not think I read Oliver Twist in school. The movie of the musical adaptation is a family favorite.
    I follow Family Literacy and You as librarypat.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

    Comment by librarypat | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  17. Wonderful, thanks for being a part of the blog hop.

    Following along too!

    Comment by Lisa Griffin | September 6, 2011 | Reply

  18. my daughter is an avid reader and she would love this

    Comment by Diana Robinson | September 6, 2011 | Reply

  19. Thank you for the chance to win! I follow Family Literacy and You under the name Mary Ellen Thompson

    Comment by thereadersshop | September 6, 2011 | Reply

  20. Great blog. I am a homeschool mom and am always looking for books to read to the kids or have the kids read. Visting from Voiceboks.

    Julie from Just Jules

    Comment by Julie (@MomCycFan) | September 7, 2011 | Reply

  21. Glad to see the classics are back. I would love to have my son read these.

    Comment by Larissa Brunken | September 8, 2011 | Reply

  22. I love the story of Oliver Twist. Funny thing is that I’ve watched tons of movie versions, but have never actually read the book! Wouldn’t this be a great one for family reading???
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

    (I like Family Literacy on GFC, too.)

    Comment by Alicia C. | September 9, 2011 | Reply

  23. Would love a chance to win it. Love books, esp. classics, and love to read!

    Comment by Spencer | September 23, 2011 | Reply

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