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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (255 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain Lawrence Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436144476
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ALA notable author Iain Lawrence pens a moving tale with a Dickensian atmosphere about a young man's life aboard a cruel 19th-century prison ship. Fourteen-year-old Tom Tin is forced to scavenge on the grimy streets of London after his father is sent to debtor's prison. Tom's survival is threatened by the sinister lowlifes that inhabit his hopeless world. But when he is unjustly arrested for murder, he finds a place that is even worse than the dark city streets. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 2/15/2014

    " I read this one hoping to find a book that I could recommend to students in my class who enjoyed adventures. I think this one was a bit violent for my tastes and there seemed to be too many terrible things that happened to the main character...even Oliver Twist's life wasn't this hard! The string of tragic events just seemed too far-fetched to me. I also didn't have much empathy for the main character. He came across as very selfish throughout most of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 2/14/2014

    " Tom Tin finds the legendary Jolly Stone. Supposedly it's bad luck landed him on a convict ship, mistaken for the cruel "smasher". But is it really bad luck after all? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/5/2014

    " Iain Lawrence writes creepy historical novels, and this book definitely fits. It's not super-natural scary, but real-life scary, which is almost worse. It's a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/31/2014

    " I thought this book was great. It was clear and i understood all of it! The was only about one part that i didn't understand, it was a little confusing, but that was it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/17/2014

    " Good but Grim "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 1/6/2014

    " I liked this book a lot. I probably would've liked it better if I hadn't read its sequel first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddy Kobs | 1/6/2014

    " The overall messaage of the book, I think, is to try hard, never give up, don't be selfish, and friends make the hardest times so much more copable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 12/15/2013

    " This was a creppy book. I liked the twist in the end, and I liked seeing the character Tom slowly change his opinion about Midge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J. Andersen | 11/25/2013

    " It took me almost a year to get through this one. Nothing happened for a long time. I kept expecting something great, but it never came. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Schwartz | 10/31/2013

    " Started slow. Picked up in the middle. Lots of potential. Started to develop beautifully. Then slowed and stopped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 10/31/2013

    " Troubling book about England and its handling of youthfull criminals late 1800's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valarie | 10/23/2013

    " For younger people it can be a little confusing but I enjoyed it. (it is sad) just telling you if you like or dis-like those kind of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 10/9/2013

    " All these the then a words are goood "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 9/17/2013

    " This is a fantastic historical adventure. It reminded me a great deal of something written by Charles Dickens, but for a less mature reader. I can't wait to read the next one in the series, since this one leaves you hanging "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 3/25/2013

    " Totally going to read the next one. This book is different and I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/17/2013

    " I picked this up thinking I might add it to my classroom library. Then I got to the grave-robbing and the murdering and the blinding with needles and realized it might not be appropriate. The pro: it's really good. The con: night terrors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geokowgurl | 2/17/2013

    " This was a good story about a boy who was trying to take care of his family because his dad was in debtors prison. He ended up in a prison for boys himself and it is the story about how he survived it. This would be a great book for a 3rd-6th grader to read in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/1/2011

    " One of the waifish convict boys reminds me of Butters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 10/31/2011

    " Chose this one for a read-aloud possibility with my class. It is Dickensonian in nature and would be good for the boys. There are parts that are hard to read because of the sad life of these boys but I think it's good in the end. I will definitely offer it up as a choice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 10/9/2011

    " Mr. Goodfellow seems to hold something over the Tin family. Hopes of a captain's position for Mr Tin and housing for the family. Things take a turn after the Tom's sister dies. Convicts, murdger diamonds ok "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 8/1/2011

    " This book is a bit on the morbid side, but I couldn't put it down. It is mainly about juvenile convicts whose prison is an old ship. Set in the 1800's in England. The story is similar in plot to many Dickens stories, without all of the extra description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evon | 7/30/2011

    " very dark and depressing. the old expression "if it weren't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all" comes to mind. fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 7/24/2011

    " In many ways, this is an accurate depiction of the "justice" system of the time. The characters could be developed more and there are definitely some logic leaps, but an enjoyable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 3/28/2011

    " Totally going to read the next one. This book is different and I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 9/10/2010

    " All these the then a words are goood "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 7/14/2010

    " Chose this one for a read-aloud possibility with my class. It is Dickensonian in nature and would be good for the boys. There are parts that are hard to read because of the sad life of these boys but I think it's good in the end. I will definitely offer it up as a choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 5/13/2010

    " In many ways, this is an accurate depiction of the "justice" system of the time. The characters could be developed more and there are definitely some logic leaps, but an enjoyable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 3/29/2010

    " This book is a bit on the morbid side, but I couldn't put it down. It is mainly about juvenile convicts whose prison is an old ship. Set in the 1800's in England. The story is similar in plot to many Dickens stories, without all of the extra description. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 11/24/2009

    " I liked this book a lot. I probably would've liked it better if I hadn't read its sequel first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 10/13/2009

    " Iain Lawrence writes creepy historical novels, and this book definitely fits. It's not super-natural scary, but real-life scary, which is almost worse. It's a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evon | 6/29/2009

    " very dark and depressing. the old expression "if it weren't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all" comes to mind. fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CAO | 2/27/2009

    " Great historical adventure story of a boy caught up in London street crime and his jail time aboard a hulk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/7/2009

    " This was a creppy book. I liked the twist in the end, and I liked seeing the character Tom slowly change his opinion about Midge. "

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