The story is very similar to Oliver Twist. Solly's experience parallels that of Oliver, who suffers innumerable humiliations after he dares to request more food. The chance to find a new life arises when Oliver escapes somehow to London. There, he befriends a gang of young thieves led by the despicable Fagin.
Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon is an engaging book which can be read in a few short sessions. The author teaches us very important lessons about how the poor struggle just to stay alive in a world with very limited resources and pockets of extreme poverty.