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City of Orphans by Avi
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Dec 09, 2011

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bookshelves: middle-grades, historical-fiction
Read from December 09 to 19, 2011

City of Orphans falls on the early end of the middle grade spectrum; it would be fine to read aloud to six to eight year olds, even. Avi gives an entertaining but not-too-Disneyfied look at life in 1890s New York City, with special emphasis on the roles children played in supporting their families and navigating their world as the first generation of native-born Americans in their families. The central plot runs at a simple, my-first-mystery level, with narrators even more innocent than those in Brian Selznick's novels, despite the grim circumstances of immigrant poverty.

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