by James Lincoln Collier

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It's 1895 in New York City. Hard times have hit, and life isn't going to get noticeably better any time soon.

Almost-thirteen-year-old Chipper Carey is running with the Midnight Rats kid gang just to survive. Chipper doesn't normally like to think beyond the present. His past has been bad enough! Ma died of consumption when he was six. His short-lived stay with Aunt Millie and Uncle Bert consisted of endless beatings. He never even knew his father. Sure, Chipper feels badly about the gang's stealing and fighting. He knows Ma wouldn't have approved. He knows she wanted and expected a respectable life for him. What does it matter that even he sometimes feels he's different, maybe even better, than the rest of the gang?

What ultimately has to matter is reality, and without the Midnight Rats, Chipper would have nothing. He'd starve. He'd face thrashings more serious than those inflicted by the police. Worst of all, he'd be alone. Fortunately for Chipper, fate takes over and introduces him to the wealthy Miss Sibley. For once, it becomes possible for him to forget that the rich are the enemy. For once, like his Ma, someone else believes that he really was meant for something better.

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BN ID: 2940161892725
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including Give Dad My Best and Planet out of the Past. He has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Boy’s Life. His honors include the Kidger Prize for Teaching, the Jane Addams Peace Prize, and the Newbery Honor.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear everyone: thank you guys so much ffor being here throughout my nook journey. Ive had such a great 5 years of rping! But high scchool is here now, so im going to give some shoutouts to the clans the people and the placess that meant so much to me. Blazeclan. Where can i begin. My first rping placce and my last one. Weve had some great times together with swifteh iceh my mentor whitewing violetstar and edenstar(sorry if i forgot a name or two.) I have so many memories im not sure where to begin. I came in as Chipkit in Februrary 2011 and quickly moved up to be the apprentice Chippaw. I had some great memories as Chippaw fighting with my metor Whitewing. I soon became the warrior Chipfoot. There were dome great times in the 2 years i was Chipfoot. My favorite memory is when the kits started mating. xD That was the funniest time ever! My favorite person in Blazeclan was Icefoot(i think its been a while.) Iceh was always there for me and even was the one who appointed me as Blazeclans greatest(maybe) and final leader. Blazeclan was ome of the best thimgs that ever happened to me and i will never forget it. My first person rp was Oliver twist. It was a lot of fun there, even though i wasnt very well known. My favorite persoon there was Rider. Starting out as my friend and then moving on to being my girlfriend, Rider was always there with me to talk about sports and shtuff. She was always there, but my nook broke a couple times and we drifted away. Rider, if youre reading this, i'll never forget you. Overaall nook was a great experience for me and I'll never forget it. I might visit attimes but it will be rare with high school and homework and crap like that. But for now, its Chippeh and Zack signing off. PEACE