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Publisher's Summary

Newbery Medal-winning author Avi has penned over 50 novels for children and young adults. His historical fiction, in particular, is often singled out for glowing praise thanks to his engaging characters and carefully researched period details. In City of Orphans, Avi transports listeners to the streets of 1893 New York City for an adventure starring young newsboy Maks Geless. Amongst the grime and filth of the streets, Maks and his new friend Willa make a stand against a gang of bullies and embark on a thrilling quest to clear Maks’ sister’s name after she is imprisoned for theft.
©2011 Avi Wortis, Inc. (P)2011 Recorded Books
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By Janice Aranas on 06-03-17

Great historical fiction

What did you like best about this story?

Avi does a wonderful job of setting the historical scene. He always gives my children a sense of time and place in his descriptions of the buildings, landscape, clothing, etc... It's a great way to connect to the past without feeling like you're getting "schooled".

What does Chris Sorensen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Chris Sorensen provides a wonderful New York accent - and attitude - when narrating this story. My children like how he draws us into the story.

Any additional comments?

Avi is one of our favorite authors for children's literature. He doesn't use dumbed down language and his characters are always fleshed out well. He doesn't shy away from difficult issues or death. When a beloved character does die, my children feel the loss!

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By Amanda R. on 05-22-17

Yet another great by Avi

This was a fantastic adventure by the always entertaining, Avi. We all enjoyed listening to this book and it had our whole family captivated.

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