You’re thirteen years old. You’ve quit school because the crowded classroom with 100 kids was too much to bear. You also quit because you need to work to help your family survive.
Eight cents a day. That is what you bring in by selling newspapers on the street as a “newsie”. At least, that’s what you make on a good day when you can actually sell them all.
What will you do when the bullies attack and try to take it all away from you? What will you do when your sister, who earns a large chunk of the family’s wages, is accused of stealing at the hotel where she is employed?
Maks decides to learn how to be a detective to help clear her name. Can he find out the truth?
Part historical fiction – part mystery – City of Orphans is a wonderful story about a world quite different from our own.