The Steps Across the Water
Ten-year-old Rose lives in New York, the city of bright lights and excitement, and a seemingly endless variety of people, architecture, and foodwhere extraordinary things happen every day on every block. But Rose wasn't born in New York; she was adopted as an infant from a far-away country. Though Rose loves her home and her adopted family, sometimes she can't help but...more
Rose’s father reads her bedtime stories about the Princess of the Northern Snows, but it is Mr. Murphy who tells her stories of old New York, and leads her on explorations of the city. One day, Rose notices she is being followed by a long, pink limousine, behind whose tinted windows glow catlike eyes. Then a mysterious stairway across the water leads Rose to the universe of U Nork, a gulag of ugliness, violence and unfairness, where citizens travel by carrier pigeon and a Supway ...more
if children would get/appreciate the double meaning humor. A fairly entertaining trip to another world as the mystery unfolds.
I also enjoyed this book so much that I borrowed it twice from the library