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A Pickpocket's Tale  
ID/ISBN: 9780375833809
Publisher: Random House
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Karen Schwabach

In 1730, 10-year-old London orphan Molly Abraham is exiled to America for being a pickpocket. After a long, unpleasant journey, independent Molly is indentured to an observant Jewish family, the Bells, in New York. The Bells seem nice, but Molly finds adjusting difficult. Although she learns to keep house and to read, and learns about Judaism, she longs to go back to London. Her experiences, including meeting an abused African American slave, gradually sharpen and shift her perspective, bringing ethical dilemmas but also compassion and an understanding of the complexities of freedom, doing what's right, and her Jewish heritage. Written in vividly detailed prose, this debut novel introduces an engaging protagonist while immersing readers in Jewish culture and customs, rough London streets, and eighteen-century New York City. Molly's London street dialect enhances vintage cultural flavor, and an author's note provides more historical background. Enjoyable and sometimes thought-provoking historical fiction. Shelle Rosenfeld

Paperaback. 240 pages. Reading level: ages 9-12

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