Another Twist in the Tale

Another Twist in the Tale

Another Twist in the Tale
Catherine Bruton

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9781788005999

You have heard, no doubt, the tale of Master Oliver Twist - that rags-to-riches boy; the parish orphan who became heir to the Brownlow fortune. But what few know is that was a second Twist - a girl, brought into this world moments ahead of her brother. This is the story of Twill Twist - and her journey through the gambling dens and workhouses of London, as she attempts to make a life for herself, rescue her friends, and uncover the mystery of her past - while meeting some familiar faces along the way... Re-discover the Artful Dodger, Fagin, and Oliver Twist himself, along with a host of fantastic new heroes and villains, in this brilliantly-imagined, rip-roaring sequel to Dickens' much-loved classic.

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Utterly brilliant, funny and immersive to say the least! I absolutely loved reading Another Twist in the Tale.

Catherine Bruton writes with a flair that immerses you in the heart of the story and what an adventure I feel I have been on. Another Twist in the Tale follows Twill, a baby thrown out on the rubbish heap, in the midst of winter, in archaic London, during the times of workhouses reminiscent of Dicken's Oliver Twist - which is exactly the point of this story.

Twill is rescued and raised in a gambling den, indebted to the owner, only to find herself homeless once more to avoid a life of debauchery. Twill keeps her wits about her as she navigates the streets of London, avoiding child snatchers, and takes to the life that Oliver Twist experienced before he became heir to a fortune, in order to make a life for herself, rescue friends and uncover the truth about her past.

Parallel stories align and weave together brilliantly to tell the tale of the lost twin sister of Oliver Twist, separated at birth.

Re-discover old favourites: the Artful Dogger, Fagin and Oliver Twist himself. You will not want to put this book down!

Brimming with fantastic vocabulary, this story is perfect for upper KS2 - I would use Another Twist in the Tale to discuss classic novels.

272 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Kelly Buxton, teacher


Another Twist in the Tale4/5

Another Twist in the Tale

Catherine Bruton


Another Twist in the Tale is a sequel of sorts to Oliver Twist, following the exploits of his twin sister Twill, who was abandoned by Mr Bumble as a newborn. This is a fast paced, witty historical adventure with a good sense of place - you can almost smell the grimy backstreets of Victorian London.

Twill is a strong heroine and the lively cast of characters are easy to root for, particularly Oliver's old friend the Artful Dodger, and Baggage Jones, the kindly young woman who finds baby Twill on a rubbish heap and takes her in as her own. There is also the same highlighting of social injustice present in Dickens' novels, and the story does not shy away from the appalling conditions and dangers many of the children find themselves in.

I would recommend this book to fans of historical and adventure fiction in UKS2. It would also be useful as an accompanying text when teaching the Victorians, as well as a good introduction to Dickens' novels.

272 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Alice Fanning, school librarian

Reviewed by: Alice Fanning