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A Boy from the Streets

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Two babies abandoned at birth—one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.

On the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving worl
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Published April 1st 2017
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May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, purchased
They were left behind out of love, newborn twin boys who already possess that special bond only a twin can understand. The cruelty of Fate separated them, one to grow up in the lap of a safe and loving environment an ocean away from his brother, left behind to survive the brutality of the corrupt Brazilian system that forces young children into the streets as fodder for the ugliest side of life, a side where even the law represents a monster of epic proportions.

Jose was taken to England, raised
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, mystery, thriller
I loved this unique and emotional story. It captured my attention and tugged at my heartstrings from start to finish.

Although loved and wanted, Jose and Pedro are separated at birth due to circumstances beyond their parents' control. While Jose is adopted and lives a life of luxury in England, Pedro is thrown out of the orphanage at a tender age and left scavenging on the streets of Brasil.

A family holiday and a partially overheard conversation leaves Jose feeling unwanted and a chance encounter
Rose English
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-fav-s
Really I must thank the author Maria Gibbs for allowing me the pleasure of reading this as an ARC before being fully edited. I now however have through a small glitch with the printed version, bought myself a copy of the finished paperback before the official release date of Saturday 1st April 2017

I absolutely LOVE this book it packs a punch right from the start with us learning the terrible fate that befalls new-born twins sadly abandoned at birth. As if fate has not been cruel enough already,
Rebecca Austin
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-magic
Leandro and Carolina have just had twins but fate has dealt them an ugly hand and they are forced to leave their children in the hospital as it is too dangerous for them to keep them. Jose is adopted by an English couple, Fernando and Christina, while Pedro is left in an orphanage and abandoned.

When Fernando and Christina bring Jose back to Brasil 12 years later will they be able to find his twin, Pedro? Will the past be explained and how does the past link up to the present circumstances revolv
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster, and I LOVED every single minute of it. Gibbs just KNOWS how to write a story that penetrates into the deepest recesses of your heart and permeates into your very soul. I'm an instant fan!

*I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Deb McEwan
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great plot, wonderful characters, and clever writing. Loved it! The protagonists experienced a wide range of emotions and the story contained plenty of surprises that kept me hooked from start to finish.
If you’re a fan of realistic characters and stories that pack a punch, this is for you.
Highly recommended.
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May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story of two brother, twins separated at birth, and their reunion at age 11 in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jose was adopted and brought up in England by a relatively wealthy couple who couldn’t have children. Pedro wasn’t wanted and was dumped in the street aged 1 where he was looked after by a homeless man until he was killed.

Jose isn’t healthy and his parents decide to take him to visit his homeland. However, he hears them talking about his brother and decides to go looking for hi
Sherri Wingler
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Give me a book that can make me feel something. Let me fall in love, rage against injustice, weep for what is lost. “The Boy from the Streets” delivered it all.
At first blush, it seems to be a modern take on “The Prince and the Pauper.” Without giving away too much of the plot, Pedro and Jose are separated at birth. One boy is adopted by wealthy parents while the other is discarded like so much trash. Years later, they’re reunited, and that’s about where the similarities end with, “The Prince an
K.S. Marsden
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two innocent brothers are brought up in the different worlds of upper-class England, and the slums of Brasil. Bigger plots arise when the boys finally find each other, and it is a challenge to get out alive.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this, it's a prince and pauper tale, set mainly in 1990's Brasil. It doesn't seem so long ago, and it's hard to believe how callous the country is to its abandoned children.
The real strength of this book is how it takes you on
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The emotional story of twin boys separated at birth by circumstances out of their control. The biological parents are forced to flee their home country in exile for their safety in a corrupt police state leaving their newborn twin boys in the hospital.

Jose is adopted into a loving family with two parents who will do anything and everything to protect their son. Pedro was not as lucky and he was left behind in an orphanage where he was thrown out at the tender age of one as he was too old to be
Diana Jackson
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading this powerful book, perfect for a wet and windy Sunday when I was self indulgent and read for a few hours.

Twins were born in a hospital in Brazil as their parents had to flee their homeland escaping to England. Carolina was distraught as she left them behind even though she was reassured that they would be cared for. Unfortunately only one twin was adopted by a wealthy family, whereas the other twin was left on the street.  They were teenagers before Jose's parents b
Mrs. Murfee
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
While the premise of the story was heartbreaking, I felt the actual novel did not deliver. I like reading a bit about the author before starting a book, so I was happy for Ms. Gibbs that she was extending herself outside her normal genre of romance. Unfortunately, this book reads like a 7th-grade wannabe romance author. The dialogue and writing were choppy and did not lend itself to character development. I read this book after having finished Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, so my heart wa ...more
Chris Turnbull
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Boy from the Streets really felt like a roller coaster ride of a read for me. I LOVED IT!
When two twin boys are abandoned you really are gripped to find out if they are going to be okay, only to be heartbroken to learn they are then separated.
What I loved about this book was the level of research the author had clearly done to make this work of fiction feel so real. The emotions throughout are a true testament to how talented Maria Gibbs is as a writer. She has a great way of pulling you into
Louise Sowter
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is an emotional read which adequately introduced the characters making you want to read the rest of the trilogy
It is long known the bond between twins but not always good ..
The characters both good and bad are expressed well and I look forward to reading the rest in the series
Brazil is a beautiful place but not all of it holds beautiful history and transferred me back there very well
a definite 5 stars
booklover BEV
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story

I loved this. Twins abandoned a Heartbreaking story of jose and petro. A good storyline that will keep you reading on page after page. Harrowing account of life on the street's. It will really have you gripped. Lots of twists along the way for the two boys
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a book of emotions with a great story to it. 2 twins separated at birth. I wont spoil the book for others who might be interested, but its a great read.
Many thanks to a FB group I am with for allowing me to review the book.
D M Singh
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is gripping and pulls on the heartstrings. It kept me engrossed from beginning to end and needing to know what happens to the characters.
Cynthia Gibbs-Daniels
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

We share the same last name, which is what made me get this book. But after reading it...I'm pleasantly surprised. Can't wait to read the whole series!
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's reminiscent of the prince and the pauper story, but this story is so much more relatable in this format. I truly enjoyed this story and loved Ms. Gibbs' writing style. The story kept you very immersed and rooting for the boys. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and can highly recommend it.
Rose English
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, all-time-fav-s
Book 46 of my Goodreads Challenge 2019

The Third Reading of this fantastic book in preperation as ever for the next books coming out in the series.

I absolutely LOVE this book it packs a punch right from the start with us learning the terrible fate that befalls new-born twins sadly abandoned at birth. As if fate has not been cruel enough already, we soon discover that she has worse things in store for the boys. They are separated, one being adopted and taken off to England the other left in Brasil
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Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
okay this took me a while lol

The writing is awful, i’ll give you that. But the story itself has a certain charm that I enjoyed, and it was an interesting read. The ending was extremely sad and the characters, despite not being fleshed out as much, still made me feel for them and their hardships. The only problem with this book was the writing and the multiple, unnecessary point of views. This book could’ve easily been written in just 3rd person without all these annoying POVs just repeated what
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I think I was about eight years old when I knew I wanted to be an author. I would tap away on an old typewriter; I was excited beyond belief when I got a new one for a birthday. I devoured books, head continually buried inside. Enid Blyton at that time was the most inspiring of authors as she took me away from my world and placed me into the ones she’d created.

I wrote whenever I could, at school

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