A Cardboard Palace

A Cardboard Palace Jorge lives in a shanty town on the outskirts of Paris Bill a controller has an army of child thieves at his command and Jorge is one of them But soon Jorge faces an even bigger threat His home is t

  • Title: A Cardboard Palace
  • Author: Allayne L. Webster
  • ISBN: 9781925227253
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jorge lives in a shanty town on the outskirts of Paris Bill, a controller, has an army of child thieves at his command and Jorge is one of them.But soon Jorge faces an even bigger threat His home is to be bulldozed Where will Jorge sleep What will happen to his friends, Ada and Gino Could a growing friendship with Australian chef Sticky Ricky help Jorge to stop BillJorge lives in a shanty town on the outskirts of Paris Bill, a controller, has an army of child thieves at his command and Jorge is one of them.But soon Jorge faces an even bigger threat His home is to be bulldozed Where will Jorge sleep What will happen to his friends, Ada and Gino Could a growing friendship with Australian chef Sticky Ricky help Jorge to stop Bill and save the army of child thieves And will he do it before he loses Ada forever Jorge can t keep fighting to live now he must live to fight.A humbling story about one boy s desperation to escape a life of crippling poverty.

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    1. Review first published at readandlivewell"Lately I don't feel like I belong anywhere - least of all to the people back in the village, or those in camp No Man's Land." Allayne L. Webster in A Cardboard PalaceJorge is eleven. But he's not a typical 11-year-old boy in Paris. He's never been to school. He doesn't live with his parents. And he doesn't always know when his next meal will come. A Cardboard Palace will show young readers that there are children in the world not as lucky as they are, to [...]

    2. A Cardboard Palace by Allayne L. Webster is set in Paris, but it's not the Paris we see advertised to tourists. Jorge is eleven-years-old and he was taken from his family in Romania years ago and bought to France to work for a man named Bill. Bill collects children and uses them in all sorts of schemes around Paris. He teaches them to beg and steal and makes them live in a small community on the outskirts of Paris. The community is made up of immigrants and they have built houses out of metal an [...]

    3. A Cardboard PalaceIt’s Paris. Beautiful Paris. But take a closer look at the city of love. Eleven year old Jorge is preparing to steal money from an old man at an ATM. As a member of an army of child thieves, Jorge is trapped in a sordid world. The confrontation of the robbery sets both the tone and mood of the story to follow in A Cardboard Palace by Allayne Webster. The magnificent architecture of the city packed with tourists is in stark contrast to the squalor of Jorge’s cardboard palace [...]

    4. Jorge is sweet and sensitive with a core of goodness only he doubts. Yet he exists in a barrel of rottenness, fettered to a life of homelessness, petty crime and abject poverty in the heart of one of Europe's most affluent cities, Paris. Unable to see a way to climb out of his life within a cardboard shanty town, he never loses sight of his dream, to one day escape and learn how to cook. Webster has come into her own with this tale of survival, child-trafficking and endurance. Jorge and his frie [...]

    5. A modern Oliver Twist - right down to the evil 'Bill Sykes'. The novel has confronting concepts in it that would be challenging to explain to it's younger audience (as an adult they are obvious) - but this is not a book to shy away from. It is eye opening to a world that is very real and that exists alongside our own comfortable and luxurious lives. Jorge's innocence and integrity in spite of grinding poverty and seemingly inescapable slavery to the controlling adults of his world, is the essenc [...]

    6. Favourite new author for kids/young adults. The main character, Jorge, was such a likeable kid, especially given his circumstances, - he showed such resilience. A good insight for my 12 year old. There is always a very educational aspect to her books as well - we learnt a lot about the Catacombs in Paris. Loved this.

    7. What is this about?: It's the tale of Jorge, for whom every day is about surviving, and who wants to save his friends from being sold.What else is this about?: Child trafficking, which is a dark part of the story.If you're getting a Dickensian vibe from this blurb, you would be right. Allayne Webster has written a story about Jorge, a young boy who is part of an army of young children that roam Paris, earning money where they can -- and by that I mean, stealing begging and doing anything else t [...]

    8. Jorge lives in a shanty town on the outskirts of Paris. Bill, a controller, has an army of child thieves at his command and Jorge is one of them.But soon Jorge faces an even bigger threat.His home is to be bulldozed. Where will Jorge sleep? What will happen to his friends, Ada and Gino? Could a burgeoning friendship with Australian chef, Sticky-Ricky, help Jorge to stop Bill and save the army of child-thieves? And will he do it before he loses Ada forever?Jorge can’t keep fighting to live now [...]

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