From an award-winning author of historical fiction comes a story of survival, crime, adventure, and horses in the streets of 19th-century New York City.
Eleven-year-old Rocco is an Italian immigrant who finds himself alone in New York City after he's sold to a padrone by his poverty-stricken parents. While working as a street musician, he meets the boys of the infamous Bandits' Roost, who teach him the art of pickpocketing. Rocco embraces his new life of crime - he's good at it, and it's more lucrative than banging a triangle on the street corner.
But when he meets Meddlin' Mary, a stronghearted Irish girl who's determined to help the horses of New York City, things begin to change. Rocco begins to reexamine his life - and take his future into his own hands.
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- JJ Crigler
I stumbled across this book while Christmas shopping and I couldn't be happier that I did! It's a wonderful story
Two thumbs up - Historical Fiction
Where does A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Great historical fiction book for someone that loves adventures about scrappy and resourceful kids trying to survive. I am not an animal lover, but loved how the author used animals to help bring friends together. Give it a try and don't give up. You will enjoy the read.
Which character – as performed by P. J. Ochlan – was your favorite?
Rocco was my favorite character, but I loved Meddlin Mary too.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Great for a classroom or just for pleasure.