- Author: Louis Sachar
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When his father dies, Dave knows nothing will ever be the same. He lands in an orphanage — the cold, strict Hebrew Home for Boys in Harlem — far from the life he knew on the Lower East Side. Outside the gates, the nighttime streets buzz with jazz musicians, swindlers and parties. Inside, another world unfolds, thick with rare friendships and bitter enemies. Perhaps somewhere, Dave can find a place that feels like home.