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...more
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
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
"A gang of street urchins and an American soldier fight to liberate the city of Naples from the German army Naples, late September, 1943. The war in Europe is almost won. Italy is leaderless; Mussolini already arrested by anti-fascists. The city has been evacuated, but the German army is moving towards Naples to finish the job. Their chilling instructions are: if the city can't belong to Hitler, it will belong to no one. No one but the children. Orphaned or hidden by parents, abandoned or ...more
Brilliant read .
The story of the arrival of the World War II which brought a brutal halt to the childhood dreams, passion, innocent smiles, daily chores and forces the people of Naples awaken to the darkest nightmare.
The destruction of the Naples was designed by the Nazis in phases, first phase was to evacuate anyone with the strength to walk out of the city and phase two was to have a night time firing and bombing to destroy everything that could be used as haven by the enemies.
Somewhere in the middle of this ...more
The book opens in the fall of 1943. The Germans know, at least t ...more
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
Sort of like 'Home Alone' set in WWII Naples.
A group of children, with the help of a few adults, make fools out of the mean Nazis.
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