Dave used to be the big troublemaker of his family. Now he’s got no family, and he’s in BIG trouble. But one night he sneaks out of the orphanage into the big city, and everything changes…
Ages 11+
Pages 278
American Library Association Notable Children's Book
Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

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130 Reviews

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Imaging facing life's challenges when you are only 11!

Review by Ellie

It is the 1920s and Dave Caros lives at the HHB, the Hebrew Home for Boys, in New York City, because he is an orphan. At the HHB the teachers are annoying, and the bullies eat Dave's food every day. One night, Dave sneaks out of the HHB and goes into the city. There he meets Solly, an old man who tells people their fortunes for money, and who just might be the person that could get Dave out of the HHB. Will Dave get in trouble? Will he escape the HHB forever? Read this book to find out! Reading this book made me realize that I am very fortunate to have a family that loves me and a safe home. I thought this book was very interesting because Dave Caros certainly does not have this. Instead, he has to face life's challenges all on his own, which is a hard thing to do when you're only 11!

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Review by torahlove09

I love the mischief of this kid. Though there was some magic future telling card stuff… which I didn’t appreciate.

Nov 07, 2021 04:18 PM
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Good book

Review by Ilovepotatoland

I liked this book

Oct 02, 2021 10:45 PM
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Review by maximus

Great book but a lot of characters to follow which might be difficult for younger ages

Jul 03, 2021 02:32 AM
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Review by Iz2bz

This was an amazing book that had me not able to put it down.

Jun 09, 2021 10:08 PM
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Review by 1blue124

I cowered under my bed in shame after reading this book, for my heart fills with pity and sorrow for any reader of this book. Dave at Night shall leave a permanent mark in the "bad book" section of my brain. Also, the title. Oh the title. I shan't get into that now, for I shall rage along for the rest of the era. I apologize if I sound harsh. The End.

Jan 10, 2021 10:32 PM