Thursday, November 14, 2013

Calling Extra

Title: Calling Extra [Facebook]

Author: Kristina Romero [Website] aka Kristina Sisco [IMDb]

Publisher: Kids Book Market

ISBN: 9780985191603

Length: 177 + "Historical Note"

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I saw it somewhere (Wowbrary I think) and thought it sounded interesting.


Young Elsie's mother has passed (of illness) and her immigrant father has been wrongly taken in for murder.  She finds herself on the streets - but not alone.  For she has managed to make her way in with the newsboys of the "yellow boy papers."  Just in time for the strike of 1899 (which I knew nothing about).

I like Elsie and her newfound friend Grin (Henry "Hank" Grinnan "Grin").  I liked the positive message about speaking up.  And the historical information scattered throughout.  It's not uber-exciting, but it is interesting and quick (I started and finished it in one night).


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