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By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Exciting adventure shows cruelty of early 1900s child labor.

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Wanderville starts incredibly strong. The first 20 pages or so are as beautifully rendered as any classic children's literature about, or from, the early 20th century, as readers are introduced to the characters and conditions of their New York lives. Once those kids step on the train, the tone of the book begins to change, as the book becomes more dialogue-driven; the language and the unfolding of the story become a little more modern and a little less artful.

However, this remains an unusual, exciting story for young readers, and a great point of departure for educating children about working conditions during the 1900s and the reasons child labor laws were enacted.

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