City of Orphans was written by Avi. Avi did a wonderful job showing what it was like back in the the 1890's. During the 1890's kids were like orphans because they had to pay for themselves. A main job for a kid was to be a newsie. This book is about a newsie named Maks. Maks sells a popular paper called the world. But theres a gang that is slamming newsie like Maks, and the leaders name is Bruno. Now Bruno is not slamming newsies for fun but for his life. A man has a gun and a picture of Bruno and his boss is being talked bad of in the world, so he is making Bruno and his gang beat up newsies so less papers are sold.