Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | on sale April 5, 2016 | Ages 8–12 | $16.99

Award-winning master of historical fiction for children Deborah Hopkinson takes readers back to nineteenth-century New York City in her new middle-grade novel: A BANDIT’S TALE: THE MUDDLED MISADVENTURES OF A PICKPOCKET.

Eleven-year-old Rocco finds himself alone in New York City after he’s sold to a padrone by his poverty-stricken parents and forced to leave his small Italian village. While working as a street musician, he meets the boys of the infamous Bandits’ Roost, who teach him the art of pickpocketing, which he finds more lucrative than banging a triangle on the street corner. But when he meets Meddlin’ Mary, an Irish immigrant who has a strong heart and a fierce commitment to helping the city’s horses, he begins to reexamine his life—and take his future into his own hands. Back matter includes an author’s note,  further reading, and photos by Jacob Riis, a key photojournalist for social reform in the 1800s who plays a role in this story.

Released in April 2016 for the 150th Anniversary of the ASPCA,  A BANDIT’S TALE explores late-nineteenth-century New York City immigrant life, poverty, social justice, the rights of children, and animal rights.

DEBORAH HOPKINSON has written many award-winning author books for children. Her most recent picture book for Schwartz & Wade Books is Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig. Her most recent historical fiction fromKnopf is The Great Trouble, A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel, which has been featured on more than a dozen state award lists and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @deborahhopkinson. She lives in West Linn, OR.

“A strong chose for those who enjoy adventures about scrappy and resourceful kids.”
School Library Journal, Starred Review

“A dynamic historical novel ideal for both classroom studies and pleasure reading.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Deborah Hopkinson's Bandit Blog Tour

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April 6-21, 2016

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