The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo NapoliItalian Childrens Market
In 1892, nine-year-old Dom’s mother puts him on a ship leaving Italy, bound for America. He is a stowaway, traveling alone and with nothing of value except for a new pair of shoes from his mother. In the turbulent world of homeless children in Manhattan’s Five Points, Dom learns street smarts, and not only survives, but thrives by starting his own business. This story is based in part on the author’s grandfather.
Age range 8-12 years
5" x 7"