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April 10, 2016

New Middle Grades Historical Adventure Novel

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The Muddled Adventures of a Pickpocket
by Deborah Hopkinson
“A strong chose for those who enjoy adventures about scrappy and resourceful kids.”
School Library Journal, Starred Review

“A dynamic historical novel ideal for both classroom studies and pleasure reading.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Award-winning master of historical fiction for children Deborah Hopkinson takes readers back to nineteenth-century New York City in her new middle-grade novel: A BANDIT’S TALE: THE MUDDLED MISADVENTURES OF A PICKPOCKET (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | on sale April 5, 2016 | Ages 8–12 | $16.99).

Eleven-year-old Rocco finds himself alone in New York City after he’s sold to a padrone by his poverty-stricken parents and forced to leave his small Italian village. While working as a street musician, he meets the boys of the infamous Bandits’ Roost, who teach him the art of pickpocketing, which he finds more lucrative than banging a triangle on the street corner. But when he meets Meddlin’ Mary, an Irish immigrant who has a strong heart and a fierce commitment to helping the city’s horses, he begins to reexamine his life—and take his future   into his own hands. Extensive back matter is included. 

Published  in April 2016 for the 150th Anniversary of the ASPCA,  A BANDIT’S TALE is a Junior Library Guild selection exploring  19th century New York City immigrant life and social reform movements.

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