The King of Mulberry Street

The King of Mulberry Street

by Donna Jo Napoli

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ISBN-13: 9780553494167
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/10/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 228,216
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many distinguished books for young readers, among them Daughter of Venice, Crazy Jack, The Magic Circle, Zel, Sirena, and Stones in Water. She has a B.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in Romance linguistics from Harvard University and has taught widely at major universities in America and abroad. She lives with her family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where she is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College.

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King of Mulberry Street 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books can be adventures, they can be sad and even sometimes boring, but the book I read is a unique combination of all three of them. The King of Mulberry Street is a book based on a real historical event. It was the story of a small nine year old kid named Beniamino who lived with his mother in a small house in Napoli, Italy. Early one morning his mom took him to the ship dock where he was forced onto a ship. His mom said she would be coming too but during the ship voyage his mom was never found. Beniamino was scared, especially because he did not know where he was going. When the ship docked he realized he was in New York City. In New York, Beniamino changed his name to Dom, since it was a hole lot easier for people to understand. He meets two boys: one named Tin Pan Ally who was owned by a padroni (a boss of a miner) and Gitano another stray boy. They help Dom try to raise enough money by selling sandwiches on the street, to buy a ship passage for Dom to get back to Napoli. Dom realizes he does not want to go back to Napoli. I can not tell you more than that because you will have to read the rest of the story to find out what happens next. This story was written very well and I am sure most young readers would like it. I rate this book a nine and a half. If you read this book you will not just feel inspired but also know what life was like back in the other times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, we read it as a class in my sixth grade class and it was AWESOME!!!!!!! Its a must read for ages 8 to (well you know)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great and east book to read and im only10 this book is a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book portrays a young boy, that leaves italy and comes to what he finds is new york, in the United States. There he goes through some rough times.. sad, happy, lonely, and those times where you have just got to have faith and keep going on. He meets friends and enemies, and learns some valuable things from them. this book is absolutely wonderful and heartwarming and i would recommend it to anyone looking for a great book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite book. It tells you a lot about how people lived in the late 1800's. This boy is very selfless and only thinks about other people before himself. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely incredible book. I am the parent of two boys, 9 and 10, and they loved this book. It gives a great account of the way life was a hundred years ago. If you also come from new york city its a plus. Dom, the main character, is courageous, smart, trusting and a quick learner.Dom is also only nine years old and all alone in N.Y.C., with not a cent to his name. You could not imagine how crafty and brave, yet honest and trustworthy a nine yaer old can be. Great, great storyline. You won't be able to put this one down.
LadyToni on LibraryThing 8 months ago
My daughter sent me this book and I thought I wouldn't like it as I'm a classic mystery buff. But to my surprise It was a very good read .
vernefan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
You can't beat this story for a great Young Adult historical novel. The author, who is always good no matter what she pens, really gives the reader a very clear and evocative picture of just what life was like for immigrants arriving from various countries to Ellis Island and further into the streets of New York. Our young hero and budding entrepreneur, Dom from Naples, soon learns the hard way how to make his way in a tough poor part of the city, struggling to eat and having to hide his Jewish faith amongst Italian and Irish Catholics. Beaten, robbed, sleeping an a barrel in a filthy alley, Dom uses his head and his strong heart to soon become the King of Mulberry street. This is a precious and poignant novel that will leave you breathless and in appreciation of just how hard the times were then, and how very hard the immigrants had to work to make their way in the new world. I would recommend this to all adults and teenagers who just love a good story. It will also leave you very appreciative of the spoiled world we live in now.
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“The King of Mulberry Street,” by Donna Jo Napoli is about an Italian Jewish boy named Beniamino who is from Napoli, is being sneaked into a ship full of strangers, heading to America. The thing is, that he thinks that his mother is on the cargo ship too. He soon realizes that she’s not on board. Beniamino changes his name to Dom. Dom struggles a little bit understanding and how America works. From leaving an orphanage, to getting robed, to starting a business, to escaping from a mean, evil Padrone, he has three good friends helping him along the way. Towards the end of the book Dom gets an unexpected surprise from one of his friends. I enjoyed this book because Dom has is a young boy who is serene, empathetic, appreciative, responsible, and more. A moment that compels a lot of readers is when Dom’s mother sneaks him onto a cargo ship, full of strange men, going to America. It compels people because Dom becomes friends, well aquatints with the cargo workers. A man named Eduardo warns him about America, saying that you can’t trust people because they might cheat you in NYC. Dom heard really great things about America; the thing is he doesn’t know what to believe. Should he believe Eduardo a man who’s bin America or the rumors from people in the neighborhood? It was compelling to me because Eduardo tells Dom that it would be tough, and that was the first time Dom had ever heard that. Reading this part of the book, I realized that Dom is very optimistic and has a positive attitude. Dom doesn’t really want to believe Eduardo because he’s going to America and wants to see his mamma there with the street paved of gold and hoping that his mamma would finally get a job in America because he knew that she couldn’t get one in Italy. Dom hopes that life in America would be full of freedom and money. “The King of Mulberry Street,” is full of different types of themes. One theme in this amazing book is “Sacrifice now leads to rewards later.” An example of that theme is when his “mamma,” decides to send him off to America to have a better, rich, happier life their not in Napoli were he’s poor. I realized that Dom’s dear mamma made a “HUGE” sacrifice letting him go, because now she had to live on without her son, not knowing if her son is dead or alive. Knowing she can’t give him her hugs, kisses, good nights or mornings. Knowing she won’t be able to protect him or feed him. Mothers love their children, but Dom’s mom loved him so much she had to let him go. She knew that letting him go would give him a better opportunity in life and that would later on be his reward. “The King of Mulberry Street,” is basically a book about a young Italian Jewish boy who is shipped off in a cargo ship, not ready to live in America. Dom goes through a pretty rough time. Two boys named Tin Pan Alley and Gaetano are Dom’s best friends. They help Dom as much as they could. Tin Pan Alley is a poor boy how is a slave to his “uncle” after he gets off the boat. So basically he’s a slave to his padrone. Gaetano is more like a lone wolf expect now he’s with Dom. The three boys start a nice business. They soon get a little apartment. During those days Dom thought less about his mom. He  realizes that America isn’t so bad. Dom rather not thinks that his mom left him, alone, on a ship coming to America by himself. Thieves and padrones ruin Dom’s dreams of meeting with his family and seeing his mom, in his hometown, Napoli.  by Sabrina Pena, 14 years old, Brooklyn, NY
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