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Oliver's fate is in the hands of villains and thieves, one kind old gentleman, one woman with a change of heart, and a twisted man who follows his every move. Oliver's fate is in the hands of villains and thieves, one kind old gentleman, one woman with a change of heart, and a twisted man who follows his every move.


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Oliver's fate is in the hands of villains and thieves, one kind old gentleman, one woman with a change of heart, and a twisted man who follows his every move. Oliver's fate is in the hands of villains and thieves, one kind old gentleman, one woman with a change of heart, and a twisted man who follows his every move.

30 review for Oliver Twist (Junior Classics for Young Readers)

  1. 5 out of 5

    lizé

    never read the actual oliver twist but his story is so special & i love him <3

  2. 4 out of 5

    Genesis

    Such an amazing fun read & the illustrations were simplistic yet so detailed. Definitely recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Oliver Twist follows a young, orphaned boy, Oliver Twist, who is the protagonist. He is poor and works in a factory. One day, Oliver ventures out onto the streets, and by chance meets a boy, who offers to bring Oliver back to his home, where there is "a merry old gentleman who will feed [Oliver] and take [him] in." He is taken to the home, where the gentleman, Fagin, gives him food and offers shelter. Fagin seems to be a kind and generous man, as he gives his children money to spend when they go Oliver Twist follows a young, orphaned boy, Oliver Twist, who is the protagonist. He is poor and works in a factory. One day, Oliver ventures out onto the streets, and by chance meets a boy, who offers to bring Oliver back to his home, where there is "a merry old gentleman who will feed [Oliver] and take [him] in." He is taken to the home, where the gentleman, Fagin, gives him food and offers shelter. Fagin seems to be a kind and generous man, as he gives his children money to spend when they go out. Oliver loves his new home and delights in playing a strange game with Fagin. Fagin puts a bunch of riches in his giant coat pockets, and tells the boys to take them out of his pockets without him noticing. He is training them to steal from wealthy men on the streets, although Oliver is oblivious to that. The game is practice for the real “job” that is done outside. Before long, Oliver is begging Fagin to let him work as well, as he sees that the boys come home from “work” every day with their pockets full of riches. Finally, after many days of practice, Fagin sends Oliver out to “work” with two boys names Charley Bates and the Dodger. They find an old gentleman who is reading a book and steal his handkerchief. Oliver is stunned to find that the “job” is stealing, and tries to run away. However, the old man turns around and catches him. Of course, Oliver is innocent, and the kind old gentleman, Mr. Brownlow, believes him. He takes Oliver under his wing, and grows to love him more each day. However, before long, Oliver is recaptured by Fagin, once again returned to the life he had once loved, and now despised. To read the rest of the story, you will have to read Oliver Twist. (view spoiler)[ I gave this book five stars because I really enjoyed discovering Oliver. I was very happy when he got his own happily ever after ending. My favorite character was Mr. Brownlow, because it was because of him that Oliver found out who his parents were. It was also fun seeing how everything in the story connects. If I could change one thing about this story, I would change Nancy’s death. She was so innocent. It was just an unlucky twist of fate that brought her to Fagin and Bill Sikes. I would’ve liked to see her relationship with Rose develop and grow, because they have so mush in common. Nancy did not deserve the death that she got (Bill Sikes clubbed her over the head). I was happy to see it avenged when Bill sikes hanged himself, albeit accidentally. Even though Oliver Twist was a short book, I think every bit of it was worth much more. I can see why Oliver Twist is seen as a classic. I recommend this book to fourth graders. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    To be fair, I've never read the actual Oliver Twist. Dickens and I don't have a fabulous relationship and I've never had much success with his novels. The only one I've made it all the way through without DNF'ing was A Christmas Carol and I didn't like it that much. I always feel a little bit bad that I don't like Dickens more than I do. He's so classic. I have this one in my class library and randomly picked it up during the read-a-thon. I know the rough outline of Oliver Twist, but not the ful To be fair, I've never read the actual Oliver Twist. Dickens and I don't have a fabulous relationship and I've never had much success with his novels. The only one I've made it all the way through without DNF'ing was A Christmas Carol and I didn't like it that much. I always feel a little bit bad that I don't like Dickens more than I do. He's so classic. I have this one in my class library and randomly picked it up during the read-a-thon. I know the rough outline of Oliver Twist, but not the full story and I decided it was time I learned it. I knew that I'd probably never read the actual classic and figured this was better than a summary online. I actually quite enjoyed it. It cruised right through and I didn't feel burdened down as I usually do when I try reading Dickens. I think this is a great book for introducing kids to classic stories. (Or adults, like me, who find Dickens a bit long-winded.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    T.E. Antonino

    I loved the story. I remember reading this book when I was younger. The ending was the only part of the book that I found lacking. The ending gave a lot information as to how many different characters lives played out. A lot of the characters weren't mentioned in detail in the book, so I wasn't really emotionally invested in their outcomes. All in all one hundred percent worth reading! I loved the story. I remember reading this book when I was younger. The ending was the only part of the book that I found lacking. The ending gave a lot information as to how many different characters lives played out. A lot of the characters weren't mentioned in detail in the book, so I wasn't really emotionally invested in their outcomes. All in all one hundred percent worth reading!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Some of my very favorite stories are by Charles Dickens -- "Great Expectations," "Hard Times," "A Tale of Two Cities," "A Christmas Carol." I have always enjoyed Dickens for his scathing critiques of 19th century society and his ability to tackle through his art issues like poverty and education in Industrial England; Dickens is among that rare breed of social writers whose works have led to meaningful changes in society. He represents one of the finest examples of artist as activist. I also lov Some of my very favorite stories are by Charles Dickens -- "Great Expectations," "Hard Times," "A Tale of Two Cities," "A Christmas Carol." I have always enjoyed Dickens for his scathing critiques of 19th century society and his ability to tackle through his art issues like poverty and education in Industrial England; Dickens is among that rare breed of social writers whose works have led to meaningful changes in society. He represents one of the finest examples of artist as activist. I also love the characters that first germinated in Dickens' wild imagination, which later grow into terrific creations on the page, figures larger than life that cast tremendous shadows over many of the less memorable characters in literary history. Unfortunately, "Oliver Twist" is not a Dickens work that I have had the pleasure of reading before, so my ability to judge this abridged work against the original classic is impaired. I am not a big fan of condensed/abridged works, though they are a good way to share classics with my son. He enjoyed this work greatly. I, on the other hand, appreciated the characters -- Oliver Twist, Monks, Fagin (characters that have cast their giant shadows over the history of literature) -- and the general storyline, but I think I would enjoy the book in its original form much better. There was too much plot and too many characters to fit them neatly into 180 pages. The story progressed too rapidly (something I would rarely say about Dickens' work) and it was difficult keeping track of so much in such a relatively short book; also, it lacks much of the social commentary that I so appreciate in Dickens' classics.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Pretty damn depressing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    I picked this up at a thrift store, thinking it would be a great addition to my daughter's little library in the future but it's been floating around my office and I wasn't exactly sure where to put it. I've been in a huge slump for the past few months now so picking up a book and reading hasn't been easy and I'm behind on my reading goals so I thought a quick read would be a great idea. I love Charles Dickens' writing and have been putting off the rest of his books to fall in love with at inter I picked this up at a thrift store, thinking it would be a great addition to my daughter's little library in the future but it's been floating around my office and I wasn't exactly sure where to put it. I've been in a huge slump for the past few months now so picking up a book and reading hasn't been easy and I'm behind on my reading goals so I thought a quick read would be a great idea. I love Charles Dickens' writing and have been putting off the rest of his books to fall in love with at intervals. It has been 3 years since I last read anything by him and it seemed like the right time. I do remember this story from films but this is the first time I've read it (or an adaptation of it, I mean) and this Junior classics edition was nothing but a literary tease. I was actually quite disappointed when I started that this was most definitely not Dickens' original prose. It was too simple and lacking; but the story was there and that is what really matters. As for me, I am off in search of an original copy which I'm pretty sure I have in both physical and ebook format.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Cayton

    I was unaware before starting this book that I had the kids version of Oliver Twist, which makes me feel kind of dumb. Regardless of the fact that it was intended for 8 year-olds, I read the book. It seemed like a good book to get children started on reading classic literature. I probably would have enjoyed it as a child myself. There isn't really much else to say, but I would not recommend this for adults, as it can get boring or painfully obvious that a lot is being cut out of the original story I was unaware before starting this book that I had the kids version of Oliver Twist, which makes me feel kind of dumb. Regardless of the fact that it was intended for 8 year-olds, I read the book. It seemed like a good book to get children started on reading classic literature. I probably would have enjoyed it as a child myself. There isn't really much else to say, but I would not recommend this for adults, as it can get boring or painfully obvious that a lot is being cut out of the original story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aimée Reisert

    I have never read the original...and I am sure there was plenty that was left out. Just the same I was a little surprised at the graphic images this book portrayed in two deaths. I felt a little bad reading it to my 9yr old at bedtime when those two violent deaths occured. I did think it was maybe a little tough for him to follow some of the relationship connections throughout the book (it is at his reading level). Though the timeline in the back of the book was helpful and I wish I would have s I have never read the original...and I am sure there was plenty that was left out. Just the same I was a little surprised at the graphic images this book portrayed in two deaths. I felt a little bad reading it to my 9yr old at bedtime when those two violent deaths occured. I did think it was maybe a little tough for him to follow some of the relationship connections throughout the book (it is at his reading level). Though the timeline in the back of the book was helpful and I wish I would have seen that sooner. The list of characters in the front of the book was also helpful to reference.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ian McHugh

    You can't really beat Dickens. That said, as an introduction to his work for children this is decent. I liked that some of the themes of the original and some of the death and deviousness was not 'glossed' over. Flo enjoyed and clapped at the end when all turned out well. I can't wait to read the real thing with her though... You can't really beat Dickens. That said, as an introduction to his work for children this is decent. I liked that some of the themes of the original and some of the death and deviousness was not 'glossed' over. Flo enjoyed and clapped at the end when all turned out well. I can't wait to read the real thing with her though...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bryndee

    Really great book, has a ton of plot twists at the end that you wouldn't really expect, and I absolutely loved it! Makes you see some of the things you take for granted. Those poor boys, and the struggle they went through! I really recommend this book. Really great book, has a ton of plot twists at the end that you wouldn't really expect, and I absolutely loved it! Makes you see some of the things you take for granted. Those poor boys, and the struggle they went through! I really recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nour

    Oliver Twist is one of the most innocent and pure boy ever. Omg I just love him so much 😭😭😭

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    I liked this illustrated junior classic. It was basic and easy to read to my children.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaicee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a great book and after I read the book watched the movie.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Asiya

    Wow! I had originally had this book because I fell in love with the cat-dog version Disney movie, but even this adapted piece was amazing! Anything by Charles Dickens will be on my happy list.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samara

    Just great book! I read it a long tie ago, and enjoyed it greatly :D

  18. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Oliver's twist Slaves have been present for hundreds of Years since the 1500s. There are about 16 million to 24 million slaves that have been prisoned and working without the pay. Most slaves get a small bed. Charles dickens has made Oliver twist one of the best fiction books in history.But for Oliver he has nothing to sleep on,just the cold hard ground.This book was about a little kid who is named Oliver twist. He is an orphan,but he doesn't live in an orphanage.Instead,he works for harsh peopl Oliver's twist Slaves have been present for hundreds of Years since the 1500s. There are about 16 million to 24 million slaves that have been prisoned and working without the pay. Most slaves get a small bed. Charles dickens has made Oliver twist one of the best fiction books in history.But for Oliver he has nothing to sleep on,just the cold hard ground.This book was about a little kid who is named Oliver twist. He is an orphan,but he doesn't live in an orphanage.Instead,he works for harsh people without getting paid.He has been treated badly sometimes. They wouldn't even give him food.He runs away and finds friends to live with. Unfortunately, his friends where thieves.When he finds out about this,he runs away, again... The thieves are tracking him down because they are worried that Oliver might tell people that they are robbers and they steal.When Oliver was walking he met a nice old lady who is willing to take care of him. That's all I know for now but I'll read further and finish the book.Once I started to get to the middle it was kind of boring because there was so much talking and you couldn't really get to the quick and action parts. There was like about 5 chapters with just talking but with no action scene. The dialogue of this book was a little bit harsh because it shows rude people and some of the bad language. It's okay for me though because if the character would be mad and say a few inappropriate words I would do the same thing. This was a good choice because it was an easy book to read. It was easy to understand. I liked the beginning though because that was when he meets thieves and steal and do dangers stuff.In the book they got really close to getting in trouble with the police.If you don't like hard words but intermediate words this could be the right book for you.Also,if you don't like thick books full with pages this book with fit right with you.I recommend everyone reading this because it's not to hard and not to easy. It gets boring at times it's like a sleeping pill or something like that.You should read this book it gives you clues to the next chapter every time. It leaves you hanging with a mystery seeking to find the ending that awaits.Each chapter connects together like as they were puzzle pieces.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miguel

    This is a book of adventure. This is about a little orphan boy named Oliver Twist. After giving birth, his mother died. First sent to an orphan workhouse, then to a poor boy workhouse, then to work foe an undertaker. After running away, he encounters murderous villains and thieve, befriend a friendly old wealthy man, and learns more about his family history. Read this book to find out what happens o this little orphan.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I read this book to my 9 and 11 year old. It was great for them - they didn't find the abridged version confusing, and although it's true that there are tough themes in this book, the kids didn't find them hard to digest in this adapted form (my 9 year old in particular can be sensitive to books with tougher themes and mean people). I read this book to my 9 and 11 year old. It was great for them - they didn't find the abridged version confusing, and although it's true that there are tough themes in this book, the kids didn't find them hard to digest in this adapted form (my 9 year old in particular can be sensitive to books with tougher themes and mean people).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Dickens! a great novel! its about a boy called Oliver twist (no one knows his real name.) runs away from a work house for a better life. but with villains a lady and a gentleman can he find a better life? read about life of a orphan in London in..., OLIVER TWIST!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    It's interesting that this book is adapted for readers 8 & up and yet there's a scene of a man killing a woman and some serious cruelty. I understand that it's a classic story and it is what it is, but there's no way my 8 year old is reading this one! It's interesting that this book is adapted for readers 8 & up and yet there's a scene of a man killing a woman and some serious cruelty. I understand that it's a classic story and it is what it is, but there's no way my 8 year old is reading this one!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    I watched the movie first, but this book was so much more detailed than it. All the events were kind of jumbled up in my mind,so it was kind of confusing at some parts. But I really liked this story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    This book was a bit confusing. Probably because so much material was taken out to make it more palatable for young children with different characters coming and going. It would be interesting to read the original book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne Styger

    Of all the classics that should be formatted for a child of 7-9 years old to read, this would not be on my list. The themes are very mature and I personally wouldn't give this book to a child younger than 12. Of all the classics that should be formatted for a child of 7-9 years old to read, this would not be on my list. The themes are very mature and I personally wouldn't give this book to a child younger than 12.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mustika

    An amazing book. I really want to read this book for my nephews and nieces who are now still in primary school (though maybe I have to translate it into their native langauge and reduce some (cruel) murder part). Honestly I haven't read the original 'adult' version yet, hopefully can read it soon. An amazing book. I really want to read this book for my nephews and nieces who are now still in primary school (though maybe I have to translate it into their native langauge and reduce some (cruel) murder part). Honestly I haven't read the original 'adult' version yet, hopefully can read it soon.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eyota powell

    It seemed really farfetched to me how many awful things could happen in such a short period of time and then only have a few happy moments. There was too many details too keep up with but I'm glad it was all resolved in the end. It seemed really farfetched to me how many awful things could happen in such a short period of time and then only have a few happy moments. There was too many details too keep up with but I'm glad it was all resolved in the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jack McHugh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. THis was a very sad book, but most of it turned out to be happy in the end. Most of the bad guys go to jail except for one who is now a police man. And oliver get the fortune that e deserves.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    Oliver Twist was a starved and mistreated orphan. He runs away to find a better life. This could be used in a classroom showing students how lucky they are to have a home.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Shafiq

    Well I need to read the real one. This simplified volume has cut too much parts making it less interesting.

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