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The mean city streets of New York were not friendly to immigrant children in 1883. Making a meeger living selling the paper on a street corner, 13-year-old Danish immigrant Maks Geless must scramble to save his sister, Emma, from the notorious prison known as the Tombs when she's accused of stealing from a guest at the Waldorf. Teaming up with a tough orphaned girl named Willa who saved him from a gang, Maks also finds help from an eccentric, seemingly ill detective. Filled with historical references, lots of atmosphere, and a clear-eyed view of the vast ocean of difference between the poor and the rich, this is a page-turner.
Struggling to outmaneuver the news-controlling gangs of 1893 New York, newsboy Maks Geless races to prove the innocence of his sister, Emma, when she is accused of stealing a watch from the brand new Waldorf Hotel where she works, an endeavor for which he teams up with a homeless girl and an eccentric lawyer.
Number of Pages: 350
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Historical / United States / 19th Century, Mysteries + Detective Stories, Family / General
Age Range: 9-12 years
Street Date: September 25, 2012
Item Number (DPCI): 248-80-7710