The Midnight Charter

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Penguin Group, Sep 22, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages
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Agora is an insular city-state where anything can be bought and sold. Everything is a commodity; goods, services, people, thoughts, concepts and even emotions are bartered on the open market. It’s an economy without money, where trade is the only way of life and debt is death. The successful elite rule, plague festers in the pitiless slums, and children are possessions until their twelfth birthdays.

In the ancient tower of Count Stelli, the city’s greatest astrologer, two children meet, both of whom have been sold into servitude. Mark is an emotional, imaginative boy who is sold by his father to the Count’s grandson in return for medical treatment. The other child, Lily, is reserved and thoughtful; an orphan now owned by the Count. At first, threatened with being thrown out to die on the disease-ridden streets if they displease their masters, Mark and Lily’s only goal is to work and survive. However, as they begin to understand that they can shape their own destinies, they each find their own path — Mark within the system, angling for power and the security it brings; and Lily beyond it, determined to change the city forever. Unbeknownst to them both, however, Mark and Lily are watched by the mysterious ruler of Agora, the Director of Receipts, whose interest in the apparently insignificant pair is more than a passing one.


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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

I finished this book, but I didn't much like it. I didn't like the characters, especially Mark. I didn't find the world particularly well-built, and I thought the ending was more than a little cheesy ... Read full review

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User Review  - MlleEhreen - LibraryThing

Everything about THE MIDNIGHT CHARTER - the plot, the characters, and the setting - is engineered to deliver the author's anti-greed philosophy. It's simplistic, obvious, and exaggerated. As a result ... Read full review

Contents

The Sta ircase
1
The Signet Ring 8
23
1 The Deal
25
The Gl1assrn aker
37
CHAPTER 5 The Manservam
58
INTEBLUDE ONE
69
The Dumbwaiter
81
The Past
88
The Star
129
The Idea
139
INTEBLUDE TWO
155
The Dance
157
The Daughter
190
The Theft
202
The Night
208
The Speech
254

The Future
103
The Song
117
INTERLUDE THREE
261
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About the author (2009)

David Whitley was born in 1984 and graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in English Literature and a passion for writing children’s fiction. At age 17 his first children’s novel was shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award, and at 20 he won the Cheshire Prize for Literature for a children’s short story, the youngest writer ever to win this prestigious award.


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