A Pickpocket's Tale by Karen Schwabach

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A perfect Common Core tie-in, A Pickpocket's Tale includes nonfiction backmatter with a historical map of New York City in 1730, a glossary of period vocabulary words, and an explanatory note titled "How Much of This Story Is True?"

Molly Abraham is a kinchin mort: a ten-year-old thief trying not to starve on the London streets. But everything changes for Molly when she is sentenced to be transported to the American colonies. She becomes an indentured servant to a kind Jewish family in New York City, and Molly has it good. So why is it that all she wants to do is go back to London?

Karen Schwabach uses richly detailed descriptions and authentic period language to bring history to life. She skillfully explores the subjects of Jewish culture in Colonial America and London street culture in this gritty yet heartwarming debut novel.

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About Karen Schwabach

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KAREN SCHWABACH grew up in upstate New York and lived for many years in Alaska, where she taught English as a Second Language in the Yup'ik Inuit village of Chefornak. She now lives in New York where she writes full-time.
Published January 8, 2008 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Molly is crafty and fearful, barely aware that she was bought because she is Jewish herself, and focuses on naught but how to get back to London and the thieving life that is all she knows.

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Molly never knew her father, and her mother died of smallpox when Molly was only eight;

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Ten-year-old Molly Abraham is on trial for her life.

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