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The Copper Treasure

Author: Burgess, Melvin Set In . . .
 Europe, England, London
Genre: Young Adult
Time Frame: 1800s
Published: 1998

From the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of Smack comes a
middle-grade tale of adventure and cunning in the spirit of Treasure Island

Victorian London in the 1850's: Jamie, Ten Tons and Davies are young "mudlarks"--scavengers who eke out a meager existence by reclaiming bits of coal, rope, and anything of value from the muddy banks of the River Thames. Anything they find might keep them from starving for one more day.
When they see a massive roll of copper fall off a ship, the trio comes up with a daring plan to retrieve it and make their fortunes. But can three small boys alone retrieve the impossibly heavy copper from the bottom of the Thames? They resolve to find a way--or die trying.

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