The King of Mulberry Street, Paperback/Donna Jo Napoli
In 1892, nine-year-old Dom s mother puts him on a ship leaving Italy, bound for America. He is a stowaway, traveling alone and with nothing of value except for a new pair of shoes from his mother. In the turbulent world of homeless children in Manhattan s Five Points, Dom learns street smarts, and not only survives, but thrives by starting his own business. A vivid, fascinating story of an exceptional boy, based in part on the author s grandfather. From the Hardcover edition. "