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Hopkinson, Deborah.
New York : Alfred A. Knof, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.9
ISBN: 038575499X

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In March of 1887, 11-year-old Rocco Zaccaro arrives alone to New York City from Cavello, Italy. His family, poor and in need of money, sign a contract with an unscrupulous padrone in the hopes that Rocco will be able to work in America and send cash home to his family. Unfortunately, the padrone has less savory plans in store for Rocco and other immigrant boys like him and he finds himself forced into a life of child labor. Not willing to settle with the hand he is dealt, Rocco meets the boys of the infamous Bandits' Roost, who teach him the art of pickpocketing. Rocco embraces his new life of crime, 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 lifeóand take his future into his own hands. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:   Animals -- Treatment -- Fiction.
                        Child abuse -- Fiction.
                        Child labor -- Fiction.
                        Conduct of life -- Fiction.
                        Immigrants -- Fiction.
                        Italians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction. 

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