A Nest of Vipers MOBI Ë A Nest PDF \ Paperback

A Nest of Vipers The most fantastically entertaining MG history novel I have ever read bar none Read it It deserves a long in depth review but I'm jetlagged and exhausted and don't have the energy But seriously the bottom line is this book is SO MUCH FUN Don't wait on long reviews Just read it Another historical fiction I got from a museum this was a really really uick read it has a good story to it but its a bit unbelievable Given the content I would imagine this is for young teens than children – violence execution death theftThe historical setting is well told It’s a little difficult to analyse the style as the actornarrator has the cockney voice of the young hero so he sounds very believable and present as he tells his life story But there are definite historical elements in his voice without being overt A wonderful read A Nest of Vipers plunged me into the life of London in an almost idyllic family where blacks and whites meet and work together even though the world outside the Hopkins family is nowhere near as eual I listened to the audiobook from the library This is an Oliver Twist sort of story filled with kids who are deceivers and thieves Cato is a kid who is ready to hang for his offenses and this is his tale as told to the hangman YA Really uick read Recommended Supposedly a novel for 'middle grade' readers this is definitely for the older end of that age range Cato Hopkins is a member of Mother Hopkins' criminal gang in 18th century London An aging Mother Hopkins wants to pull one last con this time on the daughter of a cruel slave owning sea captain The story unfolds as told by fourteen year old Cato from his condemned cell the night before his execution See what I mean about the age of the readers What he tells the clergyman bookends the story but between the bookends we also get his recollections He's a foundling a brown skinned babe bought from his mother for a few pennies and reared not unkindly by Mother Hopkins in a gang of similar unfortunates Their base being rooms in the inn called A Nest of Vipers comfortable in its familiarity The little gang specializes in conning marks out of their money choosing the greedy as their victims because as Cato says you can't con an honest man Their con is planned down to the last detail but it doesn't go according to plan The characters are sympathetic the setting London 1712 feels authentic and the action carries you along nicely This is an engaging read and you are certainly rooting for Cato as his story is told and the cart comes to take him to Tyburn No spoilers but this is a book for children I really enjoyed this Young Cato Hopkins lives with his family of confidence tricksters in 18th Century London The leader of the gang the notorious Mother Hopkins is getting old and London is becoming too hot for them Mother decides to pull off one last con on the family of a particularly brutal slave owner but when Cato who has under the guise of a slave page boy already freed Sam who is now a sedan chair operator unwittingly involves uarmy the son of a West African King his pride inexperience and infatuation with the daughter of his former tutor the whole plan may go horribly wrongThis book has fantastic detail about London in the 18th Century and the structure would be very interesting to discuss with a class The novel starts and ends with Cato telling his all story to the Newgate Gaol chaplain but the central section is told in the third person if all from Cato's point of view I would recommend this book to read as part of a class topic on the history of London during Black History Month or simply as a great exciting adventure story Probably this would be most suitable for confident readers 9 Cato Hopkins is the youngest member of Mother Hopkins's 'family' a group of skilled fraudsters and pickpockets There's Addy who can become a very convincing boy when she needs to; the beautiful Bella who can charm any rich young man out of his fortune; Sam an escaped slave and Cato himself a young boy who Mother Hopkins has taught everything she knowsBut old age is slowing Mother Hopkins down and she wants to carry out one last con a con to outdo all the cons that have gone before And so the gang set about bringing ruin upon Captain Walker a proud and cruel slave captain who deserves to be taught a lesson or two

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