Narrator P.J. Ochlan embraces this spirited novel, documenting 11-year-old Rocco Zaccaro's adventures with such gusto and spunk that you'd swear you'd traveled back in time to 1887. The story begins with Rocco's removal from his home in Italy and his subsequent arrival in New York City, where he is to work as a street musician for his new padrone, Signor Ancarola. Ochlan paints a vivid picture of immigrant life and the trials Rocco undergoes trying to escape the horrible living conditions under his padrone. Capturing the characters' voices perfectly, Ochlan delivers Rocco's animated storytelling, the slang of his newfound gang of pickpockets, and the accents of the city's many immigrants, whether Irish, Scottish, German, English, or Italian. Historical notes, including a pickpocket's glossary, complete this excellent production. M.F.T. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2016]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2016
CD ISBN 9780147521460 $40.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9780147521477 $20.00
Library Ed. Listening Library
CD ISBN 9780147521484 $40.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9780147521491 $50.00
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