A Bandit's Tale, A

A Bandit's Tale, A

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From an award-winning author of historical fiction comes a story of survival, crime, adventure, and horses in the streets of 19th century New York City. Eleven-year-old Rocco is an Italian immigrant who finds himself alone in New York City after he's sold to a padrone by his poverty-stricken parents. While working as a street musician, he meets the boys of the infamous Bandits' Roost, who teach him the art of pickpocketing. Rocco embraces his new life of crime--he's good at it, and it's more lucrative than banging a triangle on the street corner. But when he meets Meddlin' Mary, a strong-hearted Irish girl who's determined to help the horses of New York City, things begin to change. Rocco begins to reexamine his life--and take his future into his own hands.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • CD-Audio
  • 126 x 146 x 30mm | 176g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House US Audio
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0147521467
  • 9780147521460
  • 2,107,811

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"A strong choice for fans of Rodman Philbrick's The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg ​(Scholastic, 2009) and those who enjoy adventures about scrappy and resourceful kids who have to rely on their own smarts and the kindness of strangers to change their lives." --School Library Journal starred review "A dynamic historical novel ideal for both classroom studies and pleasure reading." --Publishers Weekly starred review From the Hardcover edition.
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About Deborah Hopkinson

DEBORAH HOPKINSON has written many award-winning author books for children. Her most recent picture book for Schwartz & Wade Books is Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig. Her most recent historical fiction from Knopf is The Great Trouble, A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel, which has been featured on more than a dozen state award lists and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Visit her online at DeborahHopkinson.com, and follow her on Twitter at @deborahhopkinson. She lives in West Linn, OR. From the Hardcover edition.
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Rating details

227 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 31% (70)
4 46% (104)
3 19% (43)
2 4% (8)
1 1% (2)
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