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The Prince of Central Park

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A resourceful young man, driven to go underground, establishes a life in Central Park, until he witnesses a crime.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 28th 1974 by Putnam Pub Group (T) (first published December 1974)
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Bookcase Jim
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was maybe thirteen when I read this, and it resonated so much I've always considered it a favourite of mine.

It was the way he ran away from home to fend for himself, to live incognito in a tree-house in the middle of the city, and how he observed the lives of the strangers in the park below that really struck me. At that age, it was almost a fantasy of mine to live that sort of life; away from school, annoying parents, and any sort of authority. It's a lifestyle not without its pitfalls, as we
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Geneviève Renauld
"À partir de cet instant, il allait devenir puissant. Fort. Seigneurial. À partir de cet instant, il était Jay-jay, le Prince de Central Park."

On suit dans ce roman, Jay-jay, un jeune garçon de 11 ans qui trouve refuge dans Central Park après avoir fui l'appartement de sa mère adoptive. Jay-jay se promet qu'il n'y retournera jamais plus, car il ne veut plus subir ses colères d'alcoolique et ses coups injustifiés. Cette promesse le force à faire preuve d'une grande débrouillardise afin de survivr
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Alisha
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
-If you make believe the clouds are standing still, then it's us that's moving through the sky. ...more
Missgoldy
vraiment impressionnant ! ce livre m'a beaucoup fait penser sur ce que est la vie actuellement et l'était il y a quelques années... ça n'a pas du tout changé !! tout reste pareil, ou change, de quoi, quelques mots, phrases, objets mais rien d'autres! ...more
Maggie
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was a little girl the first time:o) Jay-jay, an 11-year-old boy, escapes his rotten foster mom and ends up living in a tree-house in Central Park. The way he gathers building materials, builds the house, manages to keep getting food for himself, cares for a puppy and continues to elude a drug addict that has it out for him makes for a good book. His friendship with an elderly lady who goes to the park each morning is touching and adds a lot to the story.
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Shelves: childrens
A book that has stayed in my memory since 5th grade. Part of me has always wanted to run away from my troubles and live in a treehouse.
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