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City of Orphans by Avi
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Life for 13-year-old Maks Geless is hard enough, treasuring every penny he makes selling newspapers to help his Danish immigrant family get by. But when his older sister is accused of and arrested for stealing a gold watch, it threatens to tear his whole family apart. With the help of a plucky orphan friend, Maks has to get to the bottom of things... and fast!

Newsies! Gangs! Robberies! Mystery! Murders! This is a historical novel rife with intrigue and adventure. The setting is, of course, well-researched and thorough. Avi draws the reader into 1893 New York City with all its sights, sounds, and smells. The novel features immigrants from many different countries and makes for interesting reading when you think about the similar and different issues that today's immigrants face.

This one is a nice romp and I'd try it on fans of books like UPRISING by Margaret Peterson Haddix or detective stories.

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