The December Rose

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Viking Kestrel, 1986 - Chimney sweeps - 207 pages
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A young sweep's fall down the wrong chimney in Victorian London lands him in the center of a terrifying chain of events that includes espionage, treachery, and murder.

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User Review  - Ayanna Muhammad - Goodreads

The December Rose was a really good book. The beginning captures you and makes you want to read more.After that, there are lots of surprising events taking place that keep you engaged. The December ... Read full review

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User Review  - Catherine Mustread - Goodreads

For the longest time I kept trying to remember which Philip Pullman book had the chimney sweep character. Both Pullman and Garfield write teen historical fiction set in a similar time period. Enjoyed this very much, even if I did dis-remember the correct author previously! Read full review


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About the author (1986)

Author Leon Garfield was born in Brighton, England on July 14, 1921. When World War II began, he stopped studying art and joined the British Army Medical Corps. While posted in Belgium, he met Vivien Alcock, who would later become his wife as well as a popular children's author. After the war, he worked as a biochemical laboratory technician until the 1960's when he became a full-time writer. He wrote more than thirty books for both children and adults and scripted Shakespeare: The Animated Tales for television. His second book, Devil-in-the-Fog won the first ever Guardian Award and was made into a television series. He also won the Carnegie Medal for The God Beneath the Sea, the Whitbread Award for John Diamond, and the Phoenix Award for Smith. His novel Black Jack was made into a full-length feature film and was the joint winner of the International Jury Award at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. He died in London on June 2, 1996.

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