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On the surface, The Island of Worthy Boys is a story of two Boston boys in the last years of the 19th century who find escape at an island Farm School from a life of thievery after accidentally stabbing a mark one night I had never heard of this Farm School in Boston Harbor The author spoke to an alumnus in her research and also the school s self published newspaper that was printed each week.It is a well told story, giving depth to both Charles, a well seasoned street orphan, and Aidan, an Ir On the surface, The Island of Worthy Boys is a story of two Boston boys in the last years of the 19th century who find escape at an island Farm School from a life of thievery after accidentally stabbing a mark one night I had never heard of this Farm School in Boston Harbor The author spoke to an alumnus in her research and also the school s self published newspaper that was printed each week.It is a well told story, giving depth to both Charles, a well seasoned street orphan, and Aidan, an Irish boy trying to support his mom and young sister The boys form a brotherhood, giving Charles the first person in his life to trust This would be a great read even if this was all there was to it, but the story isthan just this story Bailey, the superintendent at the Farm School, is a similarly rich character He struggles with his power to choose which boys can be saved at his school and which can t Andcentral to the story, how can you tell Do past actions necessarily determine future ones or can the boys move past these bad choices when given better options Are the bad boys that way from birth or is it circumstances Can one bad apple spoil the bunch or does it simply bring out flaws that are already there I enjoyed all levels of the story, and as marks a great book, I was sad to finish.Full disclosure I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book from NetGalley and She Writes Press in exchange for this honest review In Boston at the turn of the century, two indigent adolescent boys, Aidan and Charles, are brought together by a common desire earning enough money each day to feed themselves and, in Aidan s case, his mother and sister Together, they achieve this goal by robbing drunken sailors in the brothel district of the city until one night they accidently kill their victim To avoid arrest, they leave the city, conning their way into an island school that only accepts boys with squeaky clean pasts But the pressure of keeping their stories straight soon fractures their friendship and when the cracks begin to show, they find out that they are not as safe from the law as they had hoped This was an engaging, beautifully written work of historical fiction While the main characters Charles and Aidan are fictitious, Boston Asylum and Farm School for Indigent Boys did actually exist as does Thompson Island MA Charles and Aidan meet quite by accident and although Charles is wary of people and used to being alone the two quickly become the best of friends They are each suffering through their own hard times and their friendship is only solidified when things take a turn for the wo This was an engaging, beautifully written work of historical fiction While the main characters Charles and Aidan are fictitious, Boston Asylum and Farm School for Indigent Boys did actually exist as does Thompson Island MA Charles and Aidan meet quite by accident and although Charles is wary of people and used to being alone the two quickly become the best of friends They are each suffering through their own hard times and their friendship is only solidified when things take a turn for the worse I was totally immersed in this story and couldn t put it down I received an advance copy in exchange for review 4.5 I was quickly pulled into this story about a farm school for boys on Thompson Island, off the coast of Boston Though the story is fiction, the setting is real A terrific book for young adults and adults. My Rating 4.5 starsI m simply saying that a boy is not defined by just one thing that he has done But they are criminals, Mary said with some confusion No, Mary they are boys who committed crimes They are not even adults who have committed crimes They have not yet become the persons they will be as adults for the rest of their lives See reviews first on my blogI ve had this book on my kindle app for around 8 months now, and I ve been putting it up because I thought that was going to b My Rating 4.5 starsI m simply saying that a boy is not defined by just one thing that he has done But they are criminals, Mary said with some confusion No, Mary they are boys who committed crimes They are not even adults who have committed crimes They have not yet become the persons they will be as adults for the rest of their lives See reviews first on my blogI ve had this book on my kindle app for around 8 months now, and I ve been putting it up because I thought that was going to be a sad story It s not While it does have sad moments, and times where you wish that no child had to be in these situations, you also see how strong these boys are and despite having so many things against them end up making a place for themselves in this world.This story is set in Boston 1889 and for the most part follows to young boysCharles 12 is an orphan who has dropped out of school, and is avoiding being sent to a reform school or jail again He works the streets anyway he can in order to get money for food, clothing and occasionally a place to sleep.Aidan 11 has also had to stop going to school and instead finds ways to make money on the streets of Boston as well in order to provide food and shelter for his mom and little sister It also shows small segments of dialogue between Charles and Mary Bradley who ran the school.One day Charles and Aidan meet in a pile of furniture Apparently that was somewhat of a common thing back then which leads into a fight and then the boys decide to become friends with one each other As they learn a little bit about one another and see how certain things they have in common, and how they both are just trying to stay alive While Aidan wants them to work together, Charles thinks this is a terrible idea and then he realizes how maybe it wouldn t be so bad to have a little help occasionally and agrees to it But one night while rolling some drunks it all goes wrong and they know they have to get away from Boston With the help of one of Charles friends they are sent to Boston s Farm School While this is a reform school, it isn t awful to the students, and instead the boys learn life skills, schooling and self government At the reform school the boys lie almost constantly Which is easy for Charles but Aidan really struggles with this and even ends up telling someone At the reform school, we see the boys become better friends, have a falling out and then become friends again We see how different they can be when they aren t just trying to survive But then they get found out and all of their lies start falling apart with no way for Charles to try and talk their way out of it When I got to this part of the book, I knew I had to finish it and find out what happened to them before I did anything else It did not disappoint It was an amazing ending that wrapped up nicely and we even got to briefly see what they were like as adults While Charles and Mary Bradley in this story are real, as well as the Farm School being real as well Charles and Aidan are fictional, but I do wonder how many of the real boys that lived there have somewhat similar stories to this one.This is a young adult book, but I think it can be enjoyed by adults as well I can t wait to see if Mayo writes other books in the future as this was her debut novel Though I m not sure she could top this one Does contain some rude language and description of nudity occasionally.I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review Aiden Sullivan and Charles Wheeler are 11 and 12 years old in Boston in 1889 Aiden, nominally Catholic, nominally Irish, has no father and a consumptive, dying mother Charles, an orphan who has already done time for stealing a sandwich, is living by his considerable wits on the streets They connect early and plausibly in Connie Hertzberg Mayo s fascinating new novel, The Island of Worthy Boys.Mayo shows the boys daily scramble to make enough money for food and, in Aiden s case, for rent to k Aiden Sullivan and Charles Wheeler are 11 and 12 years old in Boston in 1889 Aiden, nominally Catholic, nominally Irish, has no father and a consumptive, dying mother Charles, an orphan who has already done time for stealing a sandwich, is living by his considerable wits on the streets They connect early and plausibly in Connie Hertzberg Mayo s fascinating new novel, The Island of Worthy Boys.Mayo shows the boys daily scramble to make enough money for food and, in Aiden s case, for rent to keep a tenament roof over his mother and little sister Desperation finally pushes the boys into rolling drunken sailors on the waterfront, which works until it doesn t One night, the drunk grabs Charles who has just opened the man s pocket knife, and, in horrible accident, plunges the knife into the man s gut Worse, a woman happens out of an alley door, spots the boys, and cries havoc Charles and Aiden now have to get out of Boston, but where With the connivance of a friendly whore and an accommodating minister, the boys pass themselves off as orphan brothers and are sent to the Boston Farm School on an island in Boston Harbor That the school s policy not to accept boys with any kind of criminal record, which Charles has that there is rampant anti Irish feeling in Boston in the period, which means Aiden has to watch his accent and that the school promotes a heavy Protestant Christian ethos to boys guilty of murder makes the island a refuge filled with tripwires At the same time, the school offers school, work, shelter, and regular meals The book s middle section book dramatizes Aiden s and Charles s adjustment to school life as the reader knows this idyll is too good to last As it is.The Boston Farm School on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor was a real institution, and Charles Bradley, the superintendent of the school in the book, was in fact the superintendent from 1888 to 1922 his wife Mary was the school s matron The school was finally closed in 1975.Mayo has taken the basic factual information about the school and 1889 Boston society to create two engaging 12 year olds in Aiden and Charles The novel works so well I think because Mayo is able to evoke the times, the society, and the thought processes of the characters We see the world through the eyes of Charles, Aiden, and Superintendent Bradley they are all different, and they are all convincing, given who they are and what they want Although the two protagonists of The Island of Worthy Boys are pre teen, which tends to cast a novel into the YA genre, I believe this is a book adults and young adults can find rewarding Young people will be interested how Aiden and Charles fill their days in Boston, scrounging for pennies, and at the school, adjusting to life with 98 other boys Adult readers will be interested in Mayo s evocation of 19th century assumptions about child raising, the era of As the twig is bent, the tree will grow Bradley turns out to be an unusually enlightened and kind reform school superintendent I finished the book pleased and satisfied, and, perhapsimportantly, convinced that the lives Mayo has realized could have truly lived while the drama of their story carried me along Just finished this historical novel and loved the story, the character development, the layering of minor attributes e.g Aidan s sense of smell, Charles s treatment of the dog to indicate character and future action The story is based upon a little known school for boys, Farm School, which existed on a small island off the Boston Harbor Unlike the Dickensian orphanages we are used to reading about, The Island of Worthy Boys is a refuge for those who had no other options besides a life of cr Just finished this historical novel and loved the story, the character development, the layering of minor attributes e.g Aidan s sense of smell, Charles s treatment of the dog to indicate character and future action The story is based upon a little known school for boys, Farm School, which existed on a small island off the Boston Harbor Unlike the Dickensian orphanages we are used to reading about, The Island of Worthy Boys is a refuge for those who had no other options besides a life of crime on the gritty streets of Boston at the turn of the twentieth century The author carries us into this world and has us yearning for a better life for Aidan and Charles A page turner into an institution which provided a safety net we could learn from today, The Island of Worthy Boys is a wonderful story of boyhood and brotherhood The Island of Worthy Boys was an intriguing read that I wanted to get back to each day It is full of historical detail about a time and place not usually documented an island near Boston for poor but not delinquent boys to be educated This is a different sort of concept, and it was refreshing to read fiction based on fact that shows the inherent goodness of people rather than merely relating what could have been a predictably horrific setting We ve all seen that too many times Mayo s r The Island of Worthy Boys was an intriguing read that I wanted to get back to each day It is full of historical detail about a time and place not usually documented an island near Boston for poor but not delinquent boys to be educated This is a different sort of concept, and it was refreshing to read fiction based on fact that shows the inherent goodness of people rather than merely relating what could have been a predictably horrific setting We ve all seen that too many times Mayo s re creation, then, is surprising and fresh She brings to light the compassion and desire to do good in the island s superintendent and his struggle to understand what that really means and to put it into practice The Island of Worthy Boys was a wonderful read I enjoyed getting lost in the characters and loved the setting A very appealing piece of historical fiction by a first time author, of particular appeal to those of us in the Boston area who may have visited Thompson s Island in Boston harbor It tells of two boys in turn of the last century Boston who find their way to the real life Boston Farm School in desperation, and discover a chance to turn their troubled lives around Sobering to realize what life was like for poor or orphaned children before the advent of real social services Equally disturbing A very appealing piece of historical fiction by a first time author, of particular appeal to those of us in the Boston area who may have visited Thompson s Island in Boston harbor It tells of two boys in turn of the last century Boston who find their way to the real life Boston Farm School in desperation, and discover a chance to turn their troubled lives around Sobering to realize what life was like for poor or orphaned children before the advent of real social services Equally disturbing to realize that the Farm School catered to Protestant boys, and that an Irish accent was an almost insurmountable obstacle Real life Farm School Superintendent Charles Bradley comes across as a realistic person, struggling with contemporary prejudices and the boys are appealing and well drawn Readers who enjoyed The Orphan Train will gobble this up I got lost in the story of these young boys on the streets of Boston Connie implanted graphic images throughout the entire story in my brain that kept me compelled The school and the headmaster intrigued me I got a little panicky when I realized I was almost finished and couldn t decide how it would end and what I was going to do with myself when it did I wantedof Aiden and Charles and loved that Connie already had her characters picked out when she found the cover picture That gives I got lost in the story of these young boys on the streets of Boston Connie implanted graphic images throughout the entire story in my brain that kept me compelled The school and the headmaster intrigued me I got a little panicky when I realized I was almost finished and couldn t decide how it would end and what I was going to do with myself when it did I wantedof Aiden and Charles and loved that Connie already had her characters picked out when she found the cover picture That gives me hope that they really could have existed in some form and will go on in my memory forever Great Read Brava