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A Pickpocket's Tale by Karen Schwabach
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A Pickpocket's Tale (2006)

by Karen Schwabach

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Well if you're a pickpocket don't get caught. But if you can help it never get yourself in that situation of being a pickpocket. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
Truly enjoyable historical fiction about a homeless English child's move to colonial New York to become an indentured servant. Rich with atmosphere and a sense of place and time. Modern-day kids will enjoy experiencing Molly's two very different worlds. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This was a solidly-researched book about a young girl who made a living stealing on the streets of London till she got caught and transported to the Colonies. Loaded with interesting period detail and a whole thieves' language (Flash-cant) of which I'd never heard. Nicely done. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
In 1730, Molly is a ten-year-old orphan who is convicted of pick-pocketing in London and deported to America. When a Jewish family purchases her to be their indentured servant, Molly learns to follow and respect the Jewish traditions and
also learns about the importance of family, forgiveness, and faith. ( )
  STBA | Oct 10, 2007 |
When Molly Abraham is arrested for thieving, she thinks she will hang, but hte judge decided to send her to America instead. Upon arriving in America, Molly's only wish is to return to London. But a nice family buys her indenture and suddenly she is not sure what she wants. Will Molly learn to becoem respectable or will she go back to being a thief?
  prkcs | Mar 28, 2007 |
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"The law is!" The judge adjusted the black velvet cap atop his full-bottomed white wig and gazed down at the manacled prisoner before him in the cobbled court of the Sessions House Yard.
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Molly Abraham is a kinchin mort: a ten-year-old thief trying not to starve on the London streets. But everything changes for Molly when she is sentenced to be transported to the American colonies. She becomes an indentured servant to a kind Jewish family in New York City, and Molly has it good. So why is it that all she wants to do is go back to London?

Karen Schwabach uses richly detailed descriptions and authentic period language to bring history to life. She skillfully explores the subjects of Jewish culture in Colonial America and London street culture in this gritty yet heartwarming debut novel.

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When Molly, a ten-year-old orphan, is arrested for picking pockets in London in 1731, she is banished to America and serves as an indentured servant for a New York City family that expects her to follow their Jewish traditions.

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