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The Black Brothers by Lisa Tetzner

The Black Brothers

by Lisa Tetzner, Hannes Binder

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When the man with the scar comes to the small mountain village, thirteen-year-old Giorgio does not know that this is the end of his childhood. Poverty-stricken, his father has no choice: he sells Giorgio to the man with the scar, who takes the boy to work as a chimneysweep in the city. It's a hard life: the dark, narrow chimneys are full of dangers, Giorgio faces cruel treatment at his master's house, and gang fights in the street. But Giorgio still has his friend Alfredo and their secret society, The Black Brothers.

The Black brothers takes you back to the middle of the 19th century, to a time when poor farmers from Ticino sold their children across the Swiss-Italian border to work as "living broomsticks" in the chimneys of Milan. Not everyone survived.

This book has amazing pictures and I really liked this book. Giorgio has his ups and downs and lives a hard life as a chimneysweep, being teased by children because he's a chimneysweep and having to live with a cruel master, getting into fights with gangs but finding friendship in the master's daughter and a local doctor. 4 stars. Recommended.

Published in 1941, Lisa and her husband chose her name to write under because he was Jewish and not allowed to publish. Sad times ( )
1 vote fantasia655 | Jan 8, 2010 |
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In the middle of the 19th century, poor farmers from Ticino sold their children across the Swiss-Italian border to work as "living broomsticks" in the chimneys of Milan. Thirteen-year-old Giorgio's father had no choice but to sell his son; now Giorgio survives with the help of his friend Alfredo and their secret society, the Black Brothers.… (more)

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