Query - Bleamy's Corner
Eleven-year-old Jeremy is heartbroken at leaving his his dog and friends behind when the 1802 drought forces his family to move to London. Too soon he watches his father die of consumption. A night later, he follows his mother's lonely footprints in the snow where they end at the edge of London Bridge. He almost follows her, but his grief turns to rage and he vows to persevere.
Hope and money gone, and left alone to fend for himself, Jeremy drags his parents' furniture to a corner. There, against the landlord, gangs and neighbors' objections, he makes his stand. With his smarts and a club as long as he is tall, he bravely fights off those who try to steal his parents' possessions.
Jeremy ekes out a few pennies a night as a lamp boy, lighting the way for men seeking entertainment on the rough night streets. But as the Duke Street Boys muscle in, demanding a sizable cut, Jeremy pits his wits against them and a growing list of foes – not the least of which are the orphan hunters. They all soon discover this is not a boy to be trifled with.
Jeremy all but comes undone, when he returns one evening to find his shelter burning and the hunters waiting for him. Unbeknownst to Jeremy, his neighbors have been watching him and they have developed strong opinions about this brave little orphan. Jeremy's steadfastness and bravery have inspired them to bravery also – and those who prey on children are about to be taught that this young boy is not alone in the world after all.
BLEAMY'S CORNER is a work of historical fiction, at 76,000-words.