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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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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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awesome

great book very nice even though I was forced to read it it was still good

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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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City of orphans

I loved the book it is files with excitement and drama READ IT

FOR 12 YEAR OLDS AND UP

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Amazing!

As a kid I loved reading Avi and liked the synopses of this one. I loved how he is always able to grasp the times of when Avi was writing, the is book is an fine example of the pinnacle of historical fiction. A must read for all aspiring HF writers and lovers.

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Very vivid story

Would you consider the audio edition of City of Orphans to be better than the print version?

The narrator kept the story interesting, even using different voices to match the characters. I wanted to hear everything in one day.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Orphans?

when I realize that Mr Brunswick is the father of Willa

Which character – as performed by Chris Sorensen – was your favorite?

Willa

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Great example of Hist Fiction

I read this for a class, and was pleasantly surprised. Really enjoyed reading this book!

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Poor narration

Very disappointed with narration. I ended up reading to my son. Narrator was too slow, dragged the book and didn't change his tone.

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