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The streets of 1893 New York are full of life: crowded, filthy, dangerous. If you are a newsboy like thirteen-year- old Maks Geless, you need to watch out for Bruno, leader of the Plug Ugly Gang whose shadowy, sinister boss is plotting to take control of all the newsies on the lower East Side. With Bruno’s boys in fierce pursuit, Maks discovers Willa, a strange girl who lives alone in an alley. It is she, stick in hand, who fights off the Plug Uglies--but further dangers await. Maks must find a way to free his sister Emma from The Tombs, the city jail where she has been imprisoned for stealing a watch at the glamorous new Waldorf Hotel. Maks, believing her innocent, has only four days to prove it. Fortunately, there is Bartleby Donck, the eccentric lawyer (among other employments) to guide Maks and Willa in the art of detection. Against a backdrop alive with the sights and sounds of tenement New York, Maks, as boy detective, must confront a teeming world of wealth and crime, while struggling against powerful forces threatening new immigrants and the fabric of family love.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on September 6, 2011 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
ISBN-10: 1416971025
ISBN-13: 9781416971023
4 Book Reviews
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  • gotemytexa
    gotemytexaFriday, November 3, 2017 at 11:18 am
    This book is amazing in there details and all of the dialogue is included a lot. I recommend this book it you like action and sadness.
    • hc3
      hc3Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3:27 pm55 stars
      This was a sad, happy, and informational bok. Maks and Willa are brave smart characters. I really recommend this book to everyone.
      • emmonshm
        emmonshmTuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:45 am55 stars
        It's a really good old fashioned tale
        • pmur103730
          pmur103730Friday, December 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm
          City Of Orphans is really good. It helps you feel like what it would be like with out parents. It is about a boy named Maks who finds this orphan named Willa in an alley. Later on Maks finds out that his sister Willa is in jail because she is accused of stealing a golden watch. The suspense makes you not want to put the book down.:)