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Early in the twentieth century, ten-year-old Ben and his family live in the poorest part of their city with other Jewish immigrants. There is never enough money to make ends meet, so Ben, determined to do his part, lands a job delivering hat linings to a hat factory after school. He sets out on his boss’s bicycle feeling strong and free, and has a grand time until, on his ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Gabrielle Blockton
Sep 01, 2014 Gabrielle Blockton rated it really liked it
Date: August 30th, 2014

Author: Jane Cutler; Pictures by Emily Arnold McCully

Title: Guttersnipe

Plot: After the death of Ben's father, Ben's family must find a way to make ends meet just to stay on their feet. This includes Ben's older sister getting a second job selling movie tickets and Ben's older brother Max having to quit school and start working full-time at the bowling alley. Ben decides to help the family by getting a job at Mr. Green's hat shop delivering hat linings to Mr. Green's factor
I wanted to like this more than I did. The illustrations are great and I was really enjoying the first 3/4 of it but just ended. I wish that the ending had a little more to it -- it just felt jarring to me.
May 08, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing
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This tells the stuggles of an immegrant family in America trying to make ends meet. The historical pieces are nice and introduces how hard life was. Grades 1+
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