NICKY DEUCE: WELCOME TO THE FAMILY by Steven R. Schirripa

NICKY DEUCE: WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When his summer camp is unexpectedly canceled, 12-year-old Nicholas Borelli II is sent by chauffeured SUV to Brooklyn to spend two weeks with his grandmother. A boy from the suburbs, Nicky knows nothing of his Italian heritage but his Uncle Frankie sets out to teach him, beginning with movies. And it’s the movies, or television, that inspire the rest of the plot, involving Nicky’s ignorance of his Uncle Frankie’s mysterious job, his willingness to go along with a new friend in increasingly unsavory efforts to make money, a kidnapping and a rescue that includes a shoot-out. Stereotypes abound. Clothes make the characters, and Nicky and his friend Tommy bond over a shared fondness for a particular Game Boy game. Shoplifting, passing counterfeit money, breaking and entering, attempting to deliver stolen goods—all are part of Nicky’s introduction to Italian-American life, and, the reader is told, the kinds of things all such boys do. Unlike his grandmother’s delicious meals, this extended ethnic joke leaves a sour taste. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 2005
ISBN: 0-385-73257-0
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005