Just as he did for Mark Twain and Harry Houdini, Sid Fleischman has written a novel-like biography. This is a great option for a student assigned to read and report on a biography. Charlie Chaplin lived a miserable life in London, son of a drunk father (questionable parenthood) and a mentally unstable mother, he and his brother were sent to live in the workhouse. How he pulled himself out of this situation to become one of the best known comedic actors in the world is a great story. We learn of Charlie's tumultuous relationships with family and business associates. He never applied for US citizenship and ended his life in Switzerland because the US suspected him of being a communist in the 1950s. After reading the book, I want to see if there are DVDs available of some of his silent film performances.