Publisher description for City of orphans / Avi ; illustrated by Greg Ruth.


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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. Alive with the sights, the 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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Mystery and detective stories.
Family life -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Homeless persons -- Fiction.
Gangs -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1865-1898 -- Fiction.