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Opening in 1453, this is the story of sixteen-year-old Nemo, apprenticed to a silk merchant of Florence, who accompanies the merchant's son to Constantinople on business.
276 pages
Published June 1933 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1933)
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Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: newbery-honors
Yet another old Newbery honor book which is hard to get through.

It's hard to say what this book is about. First I thought it was about a boy who left his hometown because his dad died and he tried to apprentice in Florence as a Silk Merchant to earn enough money to pay back his farm. Then I thought it was about intrigue and protecting his favorite family from others finding out about a murder. Then I thought it was about defending Byzantium/Constantinople from the invading Turks. Then I didn't k
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Melissa
2.5-3.0 stars. Set during the Renaissance, the story follows a young farmboy, Agenore, on his initial search for his father who had been an agent for a wealthy Florentian silk trader. The teenager, nicknamed Neno, (when unable to locate his father) is is taken on as an apprentice. The story is simply one of following him through his days, first in Florence, then later in Constantinople. That could be boring, but given what actually happens during this time period, notsomuch; there are the Medici ...more
Amber Scaife
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
A young boy leaves home to seeks news of his father in Florence, but ends up as an apprentice to a silk merchant instead, and travels with him to Constantinople.
Hm. This one seems a bit all over the place, and I'm not certain at all what it was really meant to be about, I'm afraid. Not one of my favorite Newbery Honor Books; it really hasn't aged well, I think.
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