The free Black community of Weeksville, Brooklyn becomes home to an unusually small boy and his mother who fled Manhattan during New York's draft riots. When his mother succumbs to her injuries, the boy swears revenge against everyone and everything that contributed to her death. His diminutive size and acrobatic climbing abilities make him a spectacle to behold, while his awkward social habits make him an outcast to everyone in Weeksville, except the adopted family he swears to protect.
When his stepbrother is attacked, the boy becomes embroiled in a battle between the Irish gangs and Whiskey Kings of Irishtown while the corrupt Metropolitan Police sit on the sidelines. The backdrop of the action is the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the racial tensions of the period.
Will the boy survive the ordeals of the day and achieve his dream of being a high-flying tower man on the bridge project? Or will he become another victim of the Irish gangs and never know the joy of standing atop the tallest structure in North America?
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People Working Together after the Civil War
The audio was fantastic, the many voices were crisp and clear. The audio made the whole story light up.
The narrator had a distinctive voice for each person in the novel. I liked the audio version with the printed book, I used them together. With the audio the book was outstanding.
Listening to the audio made the characters come to life, and I was in the middle of the story not on the side lines.
I liked the character Moses, he was always helping Venture Simmons out when he got into trouble. I also liked Vent' s girl friend, with the audio I felt there was real love between them.
If I could take a character out to dinner it would have to be Vent' s girl friend, she was friendly, a little shy at first but warmed up to others fairly easy.
I enjoyed the book and audio, I learn about the building of the Booklyn Bridge, and about the Irish gangs. I also learned how hard the black people had to work to survive after President Lincoln freed them. Oh, yes one more thing the song 'Amazon Grace' was beautiful and was the high light of the Audio.