Synopses & Reviews
Honorable Mention, Best Young Adult Fiction Book, 2013 International Latino Book Awards
In 1893, the streets of New York are teeming with life and excitement, but also many dangers. For 13-year-old Maks Geless, a newsboy, the chief of these dangers is Bruno, the leader of the Plug Ugly Gang, which is determined to take control of all of the newsies on the Lower East Side for its own nefarious purposes. Maks must also find a way to free his sister Emma from the city jail where she has been imprisoned for stealing a watch from the new luxury Waldorf Hotel. With the help of lawyer Bartleby Donck and the mysterious street urchin Willa, Maks turns detective to protect his family and himself.
En 1893, las calles de Nueva York están llenas de vida y emoción, pero también de peligros. Para Maks Geless, un repartidor de periódicos de 13 años, el peligro principal es Bruno, el líder de una banda de rufianes decidida a controlar todos los repartidores de periódicos en el Lower East Side para sus propios fines nefarios. Maks deberá conseguir también alguna manera de liberar a su hermana Emma de la cárcel en la que ha sido encarcelada por robar un reloj del Waldorf, un nuevo hotel de lujo. Con la ayuda del abogado Bartleby Donck y la misteriosa golfilla Willa, Maks se convierte en detective para proteger a su familia y a sí mismo.
"Heroic deeds, narrow escapes, dastardly villains, amazing coincidences and a family rich in love and hope are all part of an intricate and endlessly entertaining adventure. Terrific!" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on the English-language edition
"The contrasts among Maks's family's squalid tenement existence; Emma's incarceration in the Tombs, the city's infamous prison; and the splendor of the Waldorf bring a stark portrait of 19th-century society to a terrifically exciting read." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review, on the English-language edition
"Dickensian street action comes to New York's Lower East Side in this gripping story . . . . Just as compelling as the fast-moving plot's twists and turns is the story's social realism." —Booklist, starred review, on the English-language edition
"Honest-to-goodness historical mysteries are hard to find, and Avi doles out his clues carefully, allowing children the chance to feel smart if they put two and two together." —New York Times Book Review, on the English-language edition
About the Author
Avi is the author of more than 70 books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery Award winner Crispin: The Cross of Lead and the Newbery Honor books Nothing but the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. He lives in Denver, Colorado. Anna Cabeza is a Spanish novelist, translator, and screenwriter who has worked in both print media and radio.