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The notorious Izzy Fink

by Brown, Don, 1949-

Format: Print Book 2006
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Closed Stack Area j Fic Brown, D
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Closed Stack Area
 
Call Number  j Fic Brown, D
 
 
Summary
Sam Glodsky lives among the rough-and-tumble gangs on the streets of New York's Lower East Side. When 13-year-old Sam falls in with fearsome gangster Monk Eastman, he joins an outrageous scheme to rescue Eastman's prize racing-pigeon from a cholera-ridden steamship quarantined in the harbor. The caper Monk hatches to snatch the bird pairs Sam with his archenemy, the notorious Izzy Fink. Widely acclaimed for his picture book histories, Don Brown's first historical novel is a fast-paced taleof immigrant life at the turn of the twentieth century.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Weaving in historical details and characters, tough talk, and nonstop action, Brown builds his story around immigrants from Europe in the 1890s that found their way to the streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side. While his father, a tailor, is sewing buttonholes for eight cents a hundred, 13-year-old Sam Glodsky, half Irish and half Jewish, is trying to survive as a newsboy, on the run from youth gangs of Dagos, Micks, and Yids, as well as adult gangsters and corrupt coppers. The cast is huge, and there's a lot going on, making it sometimes difficult to sort out who's who and where everyone's loyalties lie. But an afterword, which talks about what's true and real, provides some context, and the book is honest about both the bitter struggle for survival and the ugly prejudice. Every lively sentence Brown has written lends insight into American diversity. For books on more recent immigrant experiences, see Core Collection: The New Immigration Story, in the August 2005 issue of Booklist. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Brown returns to the world of his picture-book biography Kid Blink Beats the World, deftly blending fact and fiction as he ushers readers onto the bustling streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side in the 1890s. Narrator Sam, whose Irish mother died trying to drag him away from a gang skirmish, works odd jobs to help support himself and his Jewish father, a tailor who has been deeply depressed since his wife's death. In a rather convoluted chain of events, Monk Eastman (a real-life gangster) recruits 13-year-old Sam and his thuggish archrival Izzy Fink, who heads up a gang of pickpockets, to sneak onto a cholera-infected ship anchored in New York harbor and fetch a prized racing pigeon with which Monk intends to compete. They pull off this feat, yet Monk comes after the boys when he discovers that the pigeon has a broken wing. Sam's run-ins with rival gang members, corrupt Tammany Hall politicians and crooked "coppers" add to the spice of the tale, which features crude street slang and ethnic slurs. (In an afterword, Brown notes that, in that era, such ethnic slurs "were freely used, reflecting the prejudicial stereotypes of the day.") Despite a few slow sequences and loose strands, the novel delivers a hard-hitting portrait of life on the streets in a turbulent time and introduces a host of credible characters-some sympathetic, others unsavory. Ages 11-14. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Poverty -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1865-1898 -- Juvenile fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1865-1898 -- Fiction.
Publisher New Milford, Conn. :Roaring Brook Press,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Deborah Brodie book."
Description 150 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 1596431393
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