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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date October 1, 2001
Pages 327
Binding Hardcover
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374315443
ISBN-10 0374315442
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $19.00
Other format details juvenile
§As reported by publisher
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A powerful historical novel brings the dark side of eighteenth-century England to life as Meshak, the simpleminded son of Otis Gardiner, the Coram man, who makes money by getting rid of unwanted children and illegitimate offspring, decides to rescue an infant from the legions of tormented children and searches for the father of the baby.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
2000 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year

Published to acclaim in the United Kingdom, this stunning historical novel delves into a hidden side of eighteenth-century England: the world of infanticide and child slavery. Otis Gardiner, the Coram man, makes a vicious living disposing of the unwanted children and illegitimate offspring of distraught young women, rich and poor. Meshak is Otis's oppressed, simpleminded son, who finally discovers an infant he considers special enough to risk saving out of the hundreds who have succumbed to his father's brutality. The infant's father is Alexander Ashbrook, a brilliant young aristocrat disinherited by his family for his devotion to a forbidden career, who is astonishingly unaware that he even has a son, much less that he has abandoned him.

Around this trio and a host of other characters swirls Jamila Gavin's carefully orchestrated plot, in this disturbing, ultimately uplifting novel about sons and fathers, abuse and abandonment, treachery and devotion.


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780374315443
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Farrar Straus & Giroux (October 1, 2001)
9780374315443 | details & prices | 327 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 1.10 lbs | List price $19.00
About: In the mid-eighteenth century, an unsavory character and his simpleton son become involved in the lives of a wealthy English family when that family's eldest son is disinherited because of his love of music.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780374413743 Book cover for 9781405212823
 
Reprint edition from Farrar Straus & Giroux (April 30, 2005)
9780374413743 | details & prices | 327 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $7.95
About: In the mid-eighteenth century, an unsavory character and his simpleton son become involved in the lives of a wealthy English family when that family's eldest son is disinherited because of his love of music.
New edition from Gardners Books (May 6, 2004)
9781405212823 | details & prices | 384 pages | 5.25 × 6.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $15.20
This edition also contains Coram Boy
About: Doomed babies entrusted to the care of a villain.
Cassette/Spoken Word
With Cornelius Garret (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Chivers Audio Books (August 1, 2003)
9780754063124 | details & prices | List price $49.95
About: A vivd, compelling and harrowing tale from Whitbread award winning Jamila Gavin.
With Cornelius Garret (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Chivers Audio Books (August 1, 2003)
9780754063124 | details & prices | List price $49.95
About: A vivd, compelling and harrowing tale from Whitbread award winning Jamila Gavin.
Reinforced
Book cover for 9780606337519
 
from Demco Media (April 30, 2005)
9780606337519 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $16.75
This edition also contains Coram Boy
About: 2000 Whitbread Children's Book of the YearPublished to acclaim in the United Kingdom, this stunning historical novel delves into a hidden side of eighteenth-century England: the world of infanticide and child slavery.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781417737741
 
Reprint edition from Turtleback Books (April 1, 2005)
9781417737741 | details & prices | 321 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $18.40
This edition also contains Coram Boy
About: In the mid-eighteenth century, an unsavory character and his simpleton son become involved in the lives of a wealthy English family when that family's eldest son is disinherited because of his love of music.

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