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Children's LiteratureIn this entry in the series "Jamestown's American Portraits," 14-year-old Tony Petrosino's story unfolds as his family crosses the Atlantic Ocean from Italy to make a new life in America. The journey is tough, but life in New York may prove to be tougher. Tony finds himself on the wrong side of gangs, giving up an education that he wants, and being throw out of his own home and onto to the streets for standing up for his beliefs. With times so hard for immigrants that his father can not find work to support his family, every member of the family must do their part. Tony has to quit school and work as a newspaper boy, but he keeps dreaming that some day he will be able to go back to school and be more than his father. He has to think quickly and manage to stay out of harm's way when a gang decides to target him. The author takes the reader into the late 1800s and helps the reader experience this time period when the majority of families had to put their children out into the streets to survive. The limited number of pages in this book make it hard to develop Tony's character, but the author did a great job. We see Tony mature as he finds his way in this new world. The obstacles and how he conquers them seem real and make this story believable. 2004, Waterbird Books, Ages 8 to 12.