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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  9 reviews
One flight up the narrow, steep stairs, Robin finds himself swallowed up by the darkness, terrified and hating the thought of the misery and fear his knock will bring to the wretched families who huddle behind every door in the building. Thus begins the story set in a grim tenement district of New York City before the turn of the twentieth century. It is there that Robin, ...more
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Atheneum Books
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Stephanie Pieck
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Secret in St. Something is the book that might result if Charles Dickens was writing about the experience of children and families in the tenements of American cities in the Victorian era. It features a cast of characters with names such as Hawker Doak, Piggy, Mouse, Spider, and Duck. The protagonist, 11-year-old Robin, lives with his stepfather and collects rents among the tenements. When one of the tenants can’t pay, Robin is terrified by what his stepfather, the aforementioned Hawker Doak, wi ...more
Morgan Duplechin
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Holy cow! This book was awesome! I literally sat on the couch for an hour with my eyes glued to the book as I read. This book was packed full of action and mystery that will keep you wanting more. The main character is a very likeable character who works hard to take care of his baby brother. I also loved the boys in St. Something. They took Robin in without asking for anything and I loved how they had their code (no cheating, no gambling, and no stealing) and they stuck to their vows no matter ...more
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Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Loved it!!!!!
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I found the rags to riches ending and death-bed confession pretty unrealistic. The time period when the story was supposed to be taking place was also pretty vague.
Ashley Elliott
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4 stars for the story & 1 for the nostalgia i so desperately needed. a charming story that inspired many of my own.
Wolfy Urahara
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books ive read, & Im constantly reading! ^w^
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Award-winning American children's writer. Has received, among others, the NLAPW Children's Book Award and International Youth Library "Best of the Best" for 'Claudia' (2001), as well as the William Allen White Children's Book Award for 'Peppermints in the Parlor' (1983).

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