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You have heard, no doubt, the tale of Master Oliver Twist – that rags-to-riches boy; the parish orphan who became heir to the Brownlow fortune. But what few know is that was a second Twist – a girl, brought into this world moments ahead of her brother. This is the story of Twill Twist – and her journey through the gambling dens and workhouses of London, as she attempts to m You have heard, no doubt, the tale of Master Oliver Twist – that rags-to-riches boy; the parish orphan who became heir to the Brownlow fortune. But what few know is that was a second Twist – a girl, brought into this world moments ahead of her brother. This is the story of Twill Twist – and her journey through the gambling dens and workhouses of London, as she attempts to make a life for herself, rescue her friends, and uncover the mystery of her past – while meeting some familiar faces along the way… Re-discover the Artful Dodger, Fagin, and Oliver Twist himself, along with a host of fantastic new heroes and villains, in this brilliantly-imagined, rip-roaring sequel to Dickens’ much-loved classic.


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You have heard, no doubt, the tale of Master Oliver Twist – that rags-to-riches boy; the parish orphan who became heir to the Brownlow fortune. But what few know is that was a second Twist – a girl, brought into this world moments ahead of her brother. This is the story of Twill Twist – and her journey through the gambling dens and workhouses of London, as she attempts to m You have heard, no doubt, the tale of Master Oliver Twist – that rags-to-riches boy; the parish orphan who became heir to the Brownlow fortune. But what few know is that was a second Twist – a girl, brought into this world moments ahead of her brother. This is the story of Twill Twist – and her journey through the gambling dens and workhouses of London, as she attempts to make a life for herself, rescue her friends, and uncover the mystery of her past – while meeting some familiar faces along the way… Re-discover the Artful Dodger, Fagin, and Oliver Twist himself, along with a host of fantastic new heroes and villains, in this brilliantly-imagined, rip-roaring sequel to Dickens’ much-loved classic.

30 review for Another Twist in the Tale

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Another Twist in the Tale is a fantastic concept that was beautifully executed by Catherine Bruton. A seemingly impossible task of writing a sequel to Oliver Twist is nothing for Bruton as she flawlessly channels Dickens in this historical middle grade wonder. I loved this! We follow Tilly Twist who is the twin sister of Oliver, abandoned in the cold because she’s a girl in a Dickensian London (because all girls were deemed worthless and undesirable). She’s rescued by a kind but poor woman, and a Another Twist in the Tale is a fantastic concept that was beautifully executed by Catherine Bruton. A seemingly impossible task of writing a sequel to Oliver Twist is nothing for Bruton as she flawlessly channels Dickens in this historical middle grade wonder. I loved this! We follow Tilly Twist who is the twin sister of Oliver, abandoned in the cold because she’s a girl in a Dickensian London (because all girls were deemed worthless and undesirable). She’s rescued by a kind but poor woman, and as Tilly grows up, circumstances take her to some unexpected places. Tilly is a great protagonist who shows a lot of courage and wisdom in the terrifying streets of London. I loved the commentary on how girls were seen by misogynistic men back then and how Tilly seeks to overcome this. It’s simply wonderful! The ending really is quite beautiful. Obviously a huge part of why I love this is due to all the Oliver Twist references - we have the Artful Dodger, Fagin and even Oliver himself. They all seem so genuine in this; Bruton was spot on in her portrayal of them. It felt like Dickens could have wrote this himself. The narrative was great at channeling the original Oliver Twist author. Also loved the chapter names and how they mirrored the chapter name style of the original novel - a fantastic touch! This book is out in November so if you’re a fan of Oliver Twist and you’re looking for the next best thing, then look no further and get yourself a copy of this!

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♡ jules ♡

    i read sequel to oliver twist and i was sold.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    A fast paced, fun read about the sister of Oliver Twist. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would read more by this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Ripley

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Jo Clarke

    ‘Another Twist in the Tale,’ by Catherine Bruton is a thrilling adventure inspired by Charles Dicken’s, ‘Oliver Twist.’ What if Oliver hadn’t been an only child but instead had a twin sister born just before him, who was tossed into the gutter left to die. Rescued by Baggage, Twill Test is brought to live in a gambling den, no life of luxury awaiting for her as Oliver found. But as she gets older she is forced to flee the den and ends up on the streets of London and encounters a group of girls w ‘Another Twist in the Tale,’ by Catherine Bruton is a thrilling adventure inspired by Charles Dicken’s, ‘Oliver Twist.’ What if Oliver hadn’t been an only child but instead had a twin sister born just before him, who was tossed into the gutter left to die. Rescued by Baggage, Twill Test is brought to live in a gambling den, no life of luxury awaiting for her as Oliver found. But as she gets older she is forced to flee the den and ends up on the streets of London and encounters a group of girls who are robbing for themselves and not at the behest of a wicked master. Twill seems happy with her way of life until a chance encounter with some familiar figures makes her question everything she’s ever known about herself. This brilliantly imagined reinterpretation of this famous story is completely wonderful, I loved the contrast between the misery of Fagin’s boys and the Sassy Sisters. In this feminist take of the story we see how little value there is in the life of girls and how this merry band use this to their advantage and to ultimately challenge those who would threaten their existence. The characterisation is superb, the dastardly villains are truly evil and Twill is truly remarkable despite what life has thrown at her. An absolute triumph in storytelling that is bound to captivate and thrill readers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Corcoran

    If you've seen the film Oliver! Or read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens you'll love this new book from Catherine Bruton. This is literally another Twist, a girl brought into the world minutes ahead of her better known brother Oliver, who is now heir to the Brownlow fortune. But baby girls left at the workhouse in Victorian London are considered less worth than boys and too expensive to keep. So she is left by the riverside on a rubbish heap in the snow. But all is not lost. The baby girl is discov If you've seen the film Oliver! Or read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens you'll love this new book from Catherine Bruton. This is literally another Twist, a girl brought into the world minutes ahead of her better known brother Oliver, who is now heir to the Brownlow fortune. But baby girls left at the workhouse in Victorian London are considered less worth than boys and too expensive to keep. So she is left by the riverside on a rubbish heap in the snow. But all is not lost. The baby girl is discovered by Baggage Jones who names her Twill, as she makes a noise like a little bird, and she grows up with Baggage and her friends who work in one of the more notorious gambling dens South of the river The time passes quickly until Twill is 14 and she is growing up fast. The owner of the gambling den has plans for her but Baggage manages to get Twill to safety in time. Left to her own devices Twill begins her adventures North of the river meeting the Sassy Sisterhood, the Artful Dodger, and other characters we recognise from Oliver's story. Twill is a string charter, capable of making her own decisions and not shy of coming forward to say what she thinks. It's a great book, full heroes and villains , and you can almost smell the atmosphere in some of the scenes. A great take on a classic story. Buy it or reserve from your local library and you won't be disappointed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Band

    Set in the world of Victorian London, this is the story of Oliver Twist's twin sister, Twill, born a few minutes before him and left to die on a rubbish tip as being deemed worthless. She is found and taken in to become help in the kitchen of a gambling den but fate has a strange twist in store for her. In this sequel to the original story, we once again meet the Artful Dodger, Fagin and Oliver Twist. It's a fast-paced and engaging fun read with some fantastic scenes set in the backstreets of Lo Set in the world of Victorian London, this is the story of Oliver Twist's twin sister, Twill, born a few minutes before him and left to die on a rubbish tip as being deemed worthless. She is found and taken in to become help in the kitchen of a gambling den but fate has a strange twist in store for her. In this sequel to the original story, we once again meet the Artful Dodger, Fagin and Oliver Twist. It's a fast-paced and engaging fun read with some fantastic scenes set in the backstreets of London. It's also contains some great female role models despite its depiction of the treatment and value of women.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    I wasn't sure about this concept - a kid's sequel to Oliver Twist? - but I was really pleasantly surprised. It was excellent! The writing is perfectly old fashioned and there are some great links and references to the original while crafting a very readable and engaging new tale. I think you'd need to know the basic story of Oliver to get the most from this Twist in the Tale, but you certainly wouldn't need to have read it. If you too aren't sure - give it a try. It's well worth it! I wasn't sure about this concept - a kid's sequel to Oliver Twist? - but I was really pleasantly surprised. It was excellent! The writing is perfectly old fashioned and there are some great links and references to the original while crafting a very readable and engaging new tale. I think you'd need to know the basic story of Oliver to get the most from this Twist in the Tale, but you certainly wouldn't need to have read it. If you too aren't sure - give it a try. It's well worth it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Have you ever wondered if Oliver twist had a twin sister, well wonder no more. He did. This is the tale of his sister and what became of her. Amazing story. I'm not a Oliver twist fan but this book is a must read Have you ever wondered if Oliver twist had a twin sister, well wonder no more. He did. This is the tale of his sister and what became of her. Amazing story. I'm not a Oliver twist fan but this book is a must read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Read this in one greedy session and thoroughly enjoyed it. Takes the story of Oliver Twist down an entertaining, girl power side road much to my delight.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    A new slant on Dickens - a fantastic read. Reviewed for LoveReading4Schools

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah De Villiers

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Catherine Bruton writes in a way that is very different to most authors that I've read in the past so because of this this book stood out to me unlike any other I have read. I really enjoyed reading this book. Catherine Bruton writes in a way that is very different to most authors that I've read in the past so because of this this book stood out to me unlike any other I have read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Krista Greenwood

  14. 4 out of 5

    Helen Tamblyn-Saville

  15. 5 out of 5

    wandering reader

  16. 4 out of 5

    Les McFarlane

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy (Golden Books Girl)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamea Grubb

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Wright

  20. 5 out of 5

    S J

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Winter

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  24. 5 out of 5

    Molly Ames

  25. 5 out of 5

    stella

  26. 5 out of 5

    Svenja

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mrs M

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Claire Tracy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adele

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