The Boys from Vinegar Hill

 
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This young adult novel in the style of Richard Peck can be called urban Americana. It is a novel about a young Irish teenage boy named Michael Murray and his friends, and their coming of age in the bygone New York City that existed during the early days of the Second World War.

The Boys from Vinegar Hill is a story about the Jewish Kids who lived at the Hebrew Orphan Asylum (H.O.A) during World War II. The H.O.A. was located between 136th & 138th Streets on Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. The orphaned Jewish kids living at the H.O.A. in a tough Irish neighborhood called Vinegar Hill in 1943 were only safe from local bullies by walking in groups. Mike's love for his friends and his neighborhood carries over to the battlefields of France where Mike is wounded while taking out a German machine gun nest only to be attended by a Jewish medic -- one of his friends from The H.O.A.

This book is told with a lot of attention to detail from a real place and real people. The author feels The Boys from Vinegar Hill is destined to become a beloved novel that will be compared to A Long Way from Chicago, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and even a little bit of Angela s Ashes for good measure.

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J. Christopher Scott grew up in Vinegar Hill. He is an honorary member of The H.O.A. Alumni Association who attends more functions than most of its regular members. He has been a card carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild for 31 years. John has been in over 25 movies, has done lots of production work (including writing television and film screenplays), has appeared on Law and Order, N.Y.P.D. Blue twice as the Medical Examiner, Spin City as a stand-in for the Mayor, and Sex and the City as the father of Aidain (engaged to Carrie Bradshaw).

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