What I Read – The Island of Worthy Boys by Connie Hertzberg Mayo

Island of Worthy Boys

This book will be published on October 13, 2015. I received a copy through NetGalley.

This book is about the quick friendship of two boys who come from similar but different walks of life. Charles has been on the street ever since his mother died, stealing what he can and trying to stay out of trouble. Aiden is the breadwinner for his ailing mother and his sister, and has to do what he can to help pay the rent. When they meet and Charles eventually takes Aiden under his wing, they find themselves bringing in all the money they need.

One night while robbing someone, something goes wrong and the man gets stabbed. The boys must leave everything they know behind to go into hiding. The one friend they have helps them get into a boys’ school on an island a mile off shore. They must now act like the brothers they claim to be and keep their past a secret.

The number one thing that drew me to read this book was that it was set in Boston. I enjoyed all of the mentions of famous landmarks as they existed back then, including the baseball team the Boston Beaneaters, which are now the Atlanta Braves. The setting felt very alive and authentic.

Despite the boys being criminals, you definitely want to root for them to succeed in life. You truly believe that this Boston Farm School can turn their lives around and help them make something of themselves, and you see the influence it has on them.

The glimpse into their future lives in the end is very sweet and feels like a great ending. The overall book made me think of Little Men and Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott.

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