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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  528 ratings  ·  39 reviews

Naples, Italy, during four fateful days in the fall of 1943. The only people left in the shattered, bombed-out city are the lost, abandoned children whose only goal is to survive another day. None could imagine that they would become fearless fighters and the unlikeliest heroes of World War II. They are the warriors immortalized in Street Boys, Lorenzo Carcaterra’s exhilar

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Hardcover, Large Print, 536 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Rui
Jun 19, 2010 Rui rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes kids-in-control scenarios, or crime/war/strategy.
It was a good story of adults (minority) helping, rather than leading or simply 'saving' children and youth (the majority).
Lots of action and strategy going on.
Definitely a good read.

At the same time, this book makes me think: If you're against child soldiers, would you enjoy this book, and would your opinion or stance be different, before and after reading?

With regards to that fact/fiction pingpong going around about this book: I admit it's 99% fiction and 1% fact - while the story is inspire...more
Trilby
The more popular novels I read, the more I realize how few ideas are circulating via vox populi. This amateurish opus has fewer than most. I did not listen to the last CD of this audio book. Why bother? The previous CD's were steaming piles of WWII derivative fantasy "inspired by" a legend involving children's resistance to the German Army in Naples, Italy, in 1943. This novel, which uses many sources, from "Saving Pvt. Ryan" to "Sleepers", is utterly unrealistic. The plucky street urchins are l...more
Jessica
There's some history that this story is based on, I'm told, but I'm also told that it's very loosely based on that history. Still, all in all, fantasticly presented!

The orphaned children that have been left behind in Naples to fend for, and ultimately defend, themselves are written to convey their bravery and at the same time their vulnerability. The boys and handful of girls are at once determined to stay alive, and afraid of what their future will bring them.

I couldn't help falling for these k...more
Helenlouise66
this is not my nornal type of read but once i started i could not put it down, these kids were so brave and went through hell against a german tank division in Naples after being left behind to fend for themselves. Although it says boys girls were involved also, it shows the enthusiasm of children left behind and the determination of self survival.

Brilliant read .
John
This book starts out with a great premise (a few hundred street kids protecting their city from an invading Nazi regiment), and then wastes every opportunity to fully take advantage of it. The end result is like an uncomfortable marriage between Inglorious Basterds and a Disney cartoon: It's violent and completely out of touch with reality. For example, a kid kills Nazis by intentionally kicking a soccer ball directly onto a land mine, an old woman appears out of nowhere and throws a knife into...more
Pamela Mclaren
I was immediate attracted to the description of this book but for a long while I was not eager to start it. Once I did, however, I couldn't stop reading. This is an amazing story that draws you in from the beginning. You are drawn to the main characters and you will root for them to succeed but its not sappy or anything like that. I found myself hugely satisfied after reading it and wanting to know more about this period of history.

The book opens in the fall of 1943. The Germans know, at least t...more
Haku Pawa
Se dice que los héroes no nacen, se hacen. Y durante cuatro fatídicos días del año de 1943, esos héroes, se hicieron en Italia. Al escribir este relato, Lorenzo Carcaterra se inspiró en su propia vida en las calles, no como huérfano en Nápoles sino como niño en uno de los barrios más peligrosos de Nueva York. Tanto Nápoles, destruida durante la guerra, como la leyenda de los temerarios niños de la calle que enfrentaron a los nazis, constituyen una parte imborrable de la infancia de Carcaterra, e...more
Dianna
Apr 20, 2008 Dianna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love war stories
Shelves: historical-novel
First off this is a novel but based loosely around the truth about 300 children taking on the Nazi's during WWI for their home Naples. I read it because of the children and I couldn't imagine children being able to do such a thing. Although I gave it 3 stars due to not being able to put it down - it's a heavy heart story as you can imagine. I think I've had my fill of war stories after reading this book. But if you're a man/woman who loves war stories then by all means this book is for you. I re...more
Megan Blood
This was 100% a stereotypical 'guys' book. I am not kidding when I tell you the battle scenes in this book played out just like they would in a Rambo film. None of the characters have any depth, and the street kids are virtually indistinguishable from each other.

That being said, it was based on a true story that I knew little about--a group of Italian orphans holding out while the Nazis leveled Naples. The part that will stick with me is the Nazis dropping candy laced with poison all over the c...more
Antonia
seeing pictures of naples because of where my family came from in italy this book holds a special place especially because it shows that even the smallest of people can hold the fort against one of the worst terrors in all of europe. it makes you want to be on the street standing next to the little boy holding the automatic gun toward the nazi soldiers or running up with a group of kids from the sewers throwing bottle bombs at tanks.
Cideon
I enjoyed the general idea of this novel, a soldier gaining allies in children who will do anything to protect their home from the Nazis. However, it did feel a bit more rushed than necessary, though other parts seemed to drag on a bit too long. Considering making this a BookCrossing/Bookmooch/PaperBackSwap book. But there were cute parts, including a dog, so maybe I'll keep it.
Quinn
In 1943 a group of children in Italy destroy one of the most powerful tank divisions of the Nazi war machine. The idea of this book is great but I found the events a little unbelievable. The author says that the book is loosely based on real events. I imagine so, although I enjoyed this book I found the events and the outcomes more fantasy than reality.
Nookie
If you're looking for a good crime fiction read, do pick up Lorenzo Carcaterra's books. Street Boys is another gripping plot with non-stop action. But a group of street boys outsmarting the horrible and intelligent Germans at every turn is definitely quite stretched. Nevertheless, I am still awed by his storytelling abilities.
MARGO
I have read quite a few books by this Author and I have to say this book is my least favourite, it was not a bad story line and the characters were interesting and well developed but there was a little too much unnecessary descriptions and some parts were just too boring so I skipped over them. All in All not bad.
Elizabeth
Feb 09, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII history buffs or readers who love books about Italy
Shelves: fiction, italy
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's about a group of kids that defended Naples from the Germans at the very end of WWII. Lots of pathos, drama, all that good stuff. I'd recommend reading it before a trip to Naples, which in my opinion is one of the most interesting cities in Italy; Lots of history and urban decay.
Tisha
This book was good, although it might disturb some folks who don't like violence. It is about war, after all, and war is violent. The story is good, and as a mother, I thought about how my kids would react if they were thrust into an impossible situation as the children in the book were.
Joan
Outstanding fiction based on facts. In Italy during WWII a group of abandoned children not only survive, but become fighters who save their city with only one adult as support. I continue to think about those children long after having read the book and often wonder what kind of life they had.
Mona G.
touching with thrilling and romantic passages, its got all a good book should have; it is based on true story though there are some passages that are too fictional or seem unrealistic to me
Susan
Great read. Page turner. Children in Naples trying to survive the war against the Nazis. Exciting story of one American helping them pull together and fight back.
Sheri Crenshaw
I read the Readers Digest condensed version and I LOVED IT! I'll be finding the complete book! I'm hoping the RD version didn't have to cut out too much language...
Kelli
Yet again new information about some events from WWII that was not taught in school. The story is sad, and the ending is not happy, but it is realistic and honest.
Joe
Good story, but the battle scene stretched on for 130 pages! And I got confused with all the different character's names, Pepe, Franco, Luigioso etc.
Otis Chandler
A very interesting WW2 book that chronicles how a gang of street orphans fought the nazis. I love to hear different perspectives, so this was very enjoyable.
Shannon
Oct 24, 2008 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any history buff
An Amazing story about children in Italy in world war II, and how they have to protect their town from the invading nazis... great amazing book
Julie
I really liked this book. It was set in world war II. Craig read it and now sid is reading it. highly recommend if you like stories about the war.
Summerfly
May 19, 2008 Summerfly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Summerfly by: Brother
I'm not normally a fan of war books (or movies) but my brother recommended this to me over the holidays and I couldn't put it down. Spectacular.
Jenni
Some language and violence but an interesting take on a mythic legend of Naple orphan children taking on the Nazis at the end of WWII.
Mugdha
this is probably the best book in the world about world war II. it has most of the killing an stuff that u could seein any movie
Windy
May 09, 2008 Windy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Windy by: Book Club
Shelves: book-club
I love historical fiction and reading about WWII. This book is a fictionalized account based on a true historic event.
Jacob Michael
Loved this book! One of the few books that i feel actually makes you feel what its like to be in war.
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Number-one New York Times bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra's highly successful career spans more than 25 years of writing for the diverse fields of fiction, non-fiction, television, and film.

Born and raised in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Carcaterra landed his first job in the newspaper business as a copy boy for The New York Daily News in 1976. He worked his way up to entertainmen...more
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