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City of Orphans

Avi (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.
Authors: Avi, 1937-
Title: City of orphans
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011
Characteristics: 350 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Avi ; with illustrations by Greg Ruth
Notes: "A Richard Jackson Book."
Summary: In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.
Additional Contributors: Ruth, Greg
ISBN: 1416971025
9781416971023
Branch Call Number: j AVI 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references p. [354-355]
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) History 1865-1898 Juvenile fiction Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York, N.Y.) Juvenile fiction Immigrants Juvenile fiction Gangs Juvenile fiction Homeless girls Juvenile fiction Families New York (State) New York Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Topical Term: Immigrants
Gangs
Homeless girls
Families
LCCN: 2010049229
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In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.

In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works (includes historical notes). gr. 6-9


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Written from one of my students:

Being an immigrant kid was not always easy. This book City of Orphans by Avi is about a tireless, young newsie in 1893 named Maks who lives with his hard working Danish Family in New York City.

When he is selling newspapers, a gang of teenagers called the Plug Ugly Gang, led by the savage Bruno, tries to rob Maks. A courageous, homeless girl named Willa saves him. Maks ends up taking Willa home, where she becomes part of the family. At the same time his sister, Emma, is being accused of theft at the Waldorf Hotel. Maks and Willa team up with a detective named Donck—who is suffering from TB--to try to prove that Emma is innocent.
One of the most thrilling parts of the story is when Maks and all his newsie friends burn down the Plug Uglies' house while saving Willa.

This book is realistic historical fiction that brings the year of 1893 back to life again. The illustrations show what the characters look like and the moods of the pictures express the hard times the characters lived in.

this is my 2nd favorite book ever!I would recommend this book for kids 10-13.

Sep 21, 2012
  • Musiclover19 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Kind of entertaining, but it seems like it was written for a 5th grader.

It's 1893 and thirteen year old news-boy Maks is being stalked by Bruno leader of the Plug Ugly Gang. Maks is rescued by Willa, a homeless girl, and the two form an unlikely alliance as they battle corruption in New York City. Reviewed by BPL staff MG.

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