Orphaned almost from his first breath by his mother’s death in childbirth and his father’s unexplained absence, Oliver is meagrely provided for under the terms of the Poor Law, and spends the first eight years of his life at a baby farm in the ‘care’ of a woman named Mrs Mann. Along with other juvenile offenders against the poor laws, Oliver is brought up with little food and few comforts.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on January 1, 2007 by Dalmatian Pr
ISBN-10: 1403707944
ISBN-13: 9781403707949
2 Book Reviews
  • vivo
    vivo11 months44 stars
    I love all the things Oliver did and the story is great
    • ayw
      aywover 7 years55 stars
      A boy's mother dies as she gives birth. As he grows up, he is raised in a work house. The 30 other boys and Oliver draw straws, and poor Oliver gets the shortest one. He is forced (by the boys) to ask for more food. He gets punished, and decides to run away. He is taken by a kind, rich gentleman who spends all his money for feeding run-away and homeless, helpless boys... or is he really a thief?