The Notorious Izzy Fink by Don Brown

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Sam Glodsky lives among the rough-and-tumble gangs on the streets of New York's Lower East Side. When 13-year-old Sam falls in with fearsome gangster Monk Eastman, he joins an outrageous scheme to rescue Eastman's prize racing-pigeon from a cholera-ridden steamship quarantined in the harbor. The caper Monk hatches to snatch the bird pairs Sam with his archenemy, the notorious Izzy Fink. Widely acclaimed for his picture book histories, Don Brown's first historical novel is a fast-paced tale of immigrant life at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Don Brown's acclaimed picture book biographies include Mack Made Movies, an ALA Notable Book and Kirkus Editors' Choice; and Kid Blink Beats the World, a New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, praised by Kirkus Reviews for its "lively writing." He lives on Long Island, New York, with his family.
Published September 5, 2006 by Roaring Brook Press. 150 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Recruited from the streets of the Lower East Side in the 1890s, Sam and Izzy must retrieve gangster boss Monk Eastman’s prize racing pigeon from a cholera ship anchored in the harbor, thus bringing them into a dangerous relationship with the vicious mobster.

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In a rather convoluted chain of events, Monk Eastman (a real-life gangster) recruits 13-year-old Sam and his thuggish archrival Izzy Fink, who heads up a gang of pickpockets, to sneak onto a cholera-infected ship anchored in New York harbor and fetch a prized racing pigeon with which Monk intends...

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Read this book to find out how he gets out of this mess....and if he gets out of it.

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