Kid Blink Beats the World by Don Brown

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"It was all for a penny.
They left their cramped and crowded tenement apartments for a penny.
They scurried beside the pushcart peddlers for a penny.
They dodged street trolleys and horse drawn wagons for a penny.
And in the summer of 1899, Kid Blink, Race Track Higgins, Tiny Tim, Crutch Morris, and Crazy Arborn battled the world for a penny."

The story of the newsboys (and girls) who took on the world's most powerful press barons - and won.

In the summer of 1899, the hundreds of newsboys who sold Randolph Hearst's Journal and Pulitzer's World on the streets of New York and surrounding cities went on strike. The issue was a penny-the extra penny that the press owners wanted to charge the newsboys to buy the papers. To the press owners it didn't seem like much, but to the newsboys it was a living, and they fought. Led by kids with colorful names like Kid Blink, Race Track Higgins, Tiny Tim, and Crutch Morris, they refused to sell the papers, staged rallies-and finally brought the newspapers to the negotiating table.
 

About Don Brown

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Don Brown's previous books include Mack Made Movies and Across a Dark and Wild Sea. He lives on Long Island, New York.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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“It was all for a penny.” When Mr. Pulitzer and Mr. Hearst decided to make New York City newsies pay a penny more for each stack of papers to sell, Kid Blink, Race Track Higgins, Crutch Morris, and others led a strike;

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In the summer of 1899, when Mr. Pulitzer and Mr. Hearst raise the wholesale price for 10 copies of their papers (The World and The Journal ) from five to six cents, Kid Blink and his fellow "newsies" decide to strike: "I'm trying to figure how ten cents on a hundred papers can mean more to a mil...

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