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Written by Leon Garfield

Illustrated by Kenny McKendry

Part of the A Puffin Book Series

Key Stage 3 Crime / Mystery

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Smith, though only 12, is an accomplished pickpocket, saved from the gallows by his own stealth and speed. One dark evening he witnesses a murder, a stabbing, and finds a document belonging to the dead man, which he feels must be valuable. The only problem is, Smith can't read.


Smith Synopsis

London street urchin Smith is 12 years old, and an experienced pick-pocket. One day on Ludgate Hill, he robbed an old gentleman, and one minute later watched him silently murdered by two men, who chased him for the document he had stolen but could not understand. Smith artfully dodges the two men and winds up in the odd company of a wealthy blind man, who takes Smith into his home and provides him with an education. But this new comfort is lost when Smith himself is suspected of the very murder he witnessed.

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780141355214
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Leon Garfield
Illustrator: Kenny McKendry
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Crime / Mystery

About Leon Garfield

Leon Garfield was born in Brighton in 1921. His brief art studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, when he joined the army. After the war he worked as a hospital laboratory technician until in the 1960s his literary success enabled him to devote himself completely to writing. He lived with his wife, the children's writer, Vivien Alcock, in Highgate, North London, which has featured in many of his novels.He is the author of a large number of highly acclaimed novels, some of which have been serialised for television, including Devil-in-the-Fog, and Jack Holborn. Black Jack was ...

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