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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Hopkinson Narrator: P. J. Ochlan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 nineteenth 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 stronghearted 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[This] picaresque novel…covers heavy topics including immigration, child labor, and animal welfare, Rocco’s conversational voice resounds with humor, compassion, and an inspiring energy for change. A dynamic historical novel ideal for both classroom studies and pleasure reading.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] lively, fast-paced novel…[for] 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)

  • “Hopkinson’s writing is so inventive that it’s almost impossible to guess what will happen next. Every scene contains a little surprise. Rocco…[is] endlessly funny and clever…[and] reliably entertaining till the end of the story.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Narrator P. J. Ochlan embraces this spirited novel, documenting eleven-year-old Rocco Zaccaro’s adventures with such gusto and spunk that you’d swear you’d traveled back in time to 1887…Capturing the characters’ voices perfectly, Ochlan delivers Rocco’s animated storytelling, the slang of his newfound gang of pickpockets, and the accents of the city’s many immigrants, whether Irish, Scottish, German, English, or Italian. Historical notes, including a pickpocket’s glossary, complete this excellent production.”


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