A Bandit's Tale

A Bandit's Tale

The Muddled Misadventures of A Pickpocket

Book - 2016
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In March of 1887, Rocco, an eleven-year-old from an Italian village, arrives in New York City where he is forced to live in squalor and beg for money as a street musician, but he finds the city's cruelty to children and animals intolerable and sets out to make things better, whatever the cost to himself.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385754996
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 21 cm.


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2018

Rocco is taken from his home in Italy to work in America. There he is basically a slave living in terrible conditions and “owned” by his Padrone. Rocco’s scrappy nature and innate street smarts help him survive but also lead him into trouble. The hard life of young immigrants in the 19th century is vividly described

Aug 30, 2016

The title should give you a clue.....its wordy. Takes almost a 100 pages to get to the pickpocket part. It simply takes its time telling a story that should have immediately jumped into the action. Thick on setting the scene, heavy on the boys' nativity and long winded on history. Good for older adults to read, not for the intended audience of 10- 12 year olds. DNF

Jul 07, 2016

Great historical fiction and good for kids. I enjoyed reading "A Bandits Tale". The story line was great and the narrative was fun. I recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction or just a good story.


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Jul 07, 2016

BrynnaMcF thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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