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The Journal of Finn Reardon: A Newsie is the seventeenth fictional diary in the My Name Is America series. It was published by Scholastic in May 2003. The book was written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti and it was her only book for the series. It was followed by The Journal of Rufus Rowe.


"This book is dedicated to the Hollins Boot Campers: Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Han Nolan, and Ann Sullivan."

Book description[]

"May 26, 1899
School is a jail for children, but it lets its prisoners out at three o'clock. As soon as we're free, nearly every fella in my class heads for Newspaper Row....
Newspaper Row is crowded with boys of all sizes, waiting for the afternoon editions to come off the presses....We drink coffee, bolt hot dogs, throw dice, pitch pennies, bet on paper horses, and play alley ball.
Some newsies cheat their customers by stretching the truth or making up headlines just to sell newspapers....By the time the customer realizes he's been suckered, he's blocks away, sitting on a train or trolley, or he's home eating his dinner.
But not me. I'm not one of those newsies because I hate it when someone lies to me. And I don't pull dodges that cheat customers out of their change because I hate it when somebody cheats me....I'm a newsie you can trust.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of The Journal of Finn Reardon characters


Main article: Susan Campbell Bartoletti


"Some day-to-day events leading up to the strike are products of imagination; others have been reconstructed through research of contemporary newspapers, magazines, books, maps, oral histories, biographies, and photographs, as well as books and articles published on the subject in recent years.
I am grateful to the following people: editor Beth Levine for her patience, gentle insistence, and belief in Finn; Betsy Partridge and Laurie Halse Anderson for their long-distance sisterhood; my writers group; Thom Brucie for sharing pages; and my husband, Joe, and my kids, Brandy, Joey, and now Rick, for helping me keep things in perspective.


  • The portrait on the cover is a photograph licensed from Brown Brothers. The background is a detail of the photograph Hester Street near Essex, Lower East Side, 1899 licensed from the Museum of the City of New York.[2][3]


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