City of Orphans

City of Orphans


Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011.
ISBN: 9781416971023
Characteristics: 350 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ruth, Greg


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Jul 06, 2015

This book is one of my favorites!!!!

Nov 23, 2014

this book is about a city of orphans

MISSKARAG Feb 13, 2013

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.

steelersfans Feb 10, 2013

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

Sep 21, 2012

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

BPLNextBestKids Oct 14, 2011

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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May 23, 2015

kkcox thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 13


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