Joshua's Song

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 176 pages
24 Reviews
Boston, 1919. It's been a year of distressing changes for thirteen-year-old Joshua Harper. The influenza pandemic that's sweeping the world has claimed the life of his father; his voice has changed, so he can't sing in the Boston Boys' Choir anymore; and now money is tight, and his mother is asking him to quit school to get a job. It's not fair!

Joshua begins working as a newspaper boy, hawking papers on the street. He soon finds himself in rivalry with Charlestown Charlie, a tough, streetwise Irish boy. Now Joshua is completely torn between the privileged life he once knew as one of the well-to-do Beacon Hill Boys and his new existence on the street, among tenements and street vendors.

How Joshua adjusts and comes to find his voice, his song, and his place in the world by his acts of courage during a terrifying crisis is the heart of this fast-paced, suspenseful novel. Joan Hiatt Harlow has created a memorable character in Joshua and a remarkable story based on true incidents in Boston history.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
5
4 stars
8
3 stars
9
2 stars
2
1 star
0

Review: Joshua's Song

User Review  - Michaela - Goodreads

This book seemed like it was only written to showcase the events of the Molasses Flood of 1919, as well as what Boston was like back then. The plot was contrived, and in our book club this morning the ... Read full review

Review: Joshua's Song

User Review  - Trina - Goodreads

A very quick, clean, fun historical fiction at my boys' reading level. I hadn't heard of the "great Molasses Flood of 1919" before. So we all learned something new from this one. Read full review

Contents

JOB JITTERS
1
JOSHUAS SECRET
21
THE MYSTERIOUS MR MU66ERID6E
41
A WARNING
56
AT THE TENEMENTS
75
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
175
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Joan Hiatt Harlow is a native of the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. The warm summer ocean air always stirred up an unusual aroma in Boston, which she discovered later was the long-lasting result of the "Great Molasses Flood" of 1919. The facts of this strange tragedy inspired her to write Joshua's Song. Mrs. Harlow's first novel, Star in the Storm, was named an American Booksellers Association Kid's Pick of the Lists in 2000. You can visit the author's Web site at www.joanhiattharlow.com.

Bibliographic information