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Dodger!: A Victorian Pickpocket is a historical fiction book written by Jim Eldridge, author of twelve books in My Story. It is the forty-sixth book in the series. The book was published on August 4, 2011. It was followed by Valerie Wilding's No Way Back, which was also based on a real person.


"For Lynne, my constant inspiration"

Book description[]

"In 1840, Dick Maybury arrives in London with nowhere to stay, no money and no friends. A chance meeting with the Adelphi gang gives him all three. But the gang make their living outside the law and Dick learns that, once begun, the life of a pickpocket is very hard to leave behind."



Author's Note[]

Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Dodger! characters


Main article: Jim Eldridge

Jim Eldridge is a British author of children's and adult novels. He has also worked as a radio, film and television screenwriter. Eldridge is the author of twelve books in the children's series, My Story. Dodger! is his tenth book for the series. His other titles include The Trenches, Armada, Flying Ace, Spy Smuggler, Desert Danger, Roman Invasion, The Sweep's Boy, Pyramid of Secrets, Standing Alone, London Stories, and Codename Céline.


  • The cover of Dodger! was illustrated by Richard Jones, the illustrator for many My Story books.
  • The original cover art for Dodger! indicates that the book was originally intended for My True Story.


See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!