Beggar Charlie by Madeleine McLaughlin

beggar-charlie-by-madeleine-mclaughlinAfter his mother dies, Beggar Charlie finds himself alone, begging for bread. Life doesn’t get any better when he is press-ganged.

His only hope is the captain of the merchant ship who takes a liking to him.

When the ship docks in China, Charlie is sent ashore with Hickory Dick, a boy he mistrusts. A rebellion foments, and in horror, Charlie watches as the merchant ship sinks when some Chinese men set it on fire.

Whatever will Beggar Charlie and Hickory Dick do?

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