Kw-halloween-logo-small

The Outside Boy Book Review

The Outside Boy Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 07, 2010
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

The Outside Boy is about 12-year-old Christy Hurley, who is an Irish gypsy. As he travels around 1950s Ireland with his family and struggles to figure out just what his place is in the world, he learns a lot about himself … and so will you!

Title: The Outside Boy
Author: Jeanine Cummings
Ages: 12+
Rating: 4


Gypsy Life

Bet you didn’t think there were gypsies in Ireland? Well, Christy is one of them, and he and his family travel around the country. They’re not treated very nicely by other people – often, they’re called names and not even allowed to shop in the same stores! But the truth is, gypsies (or Pavees) are just like anyone else, and this story is largely about Christy trying to fit in.


Troubled Past

There’s also a part of Christy’s past that keeps him struggling – the death of his mother when he was born. Christy has always felt that he was in some way at fault for his mother dying, and he spends a lot of time in the book trying to discover the truth about what happened. This is a part of the book we really liked – most of us wonder about our parents’ lives before us at some point. It’s interesting to watch Christy come to terms with what happened to his mother, and learn a lot about himself at the same time.

Bottom Line

We really liked The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummings. Christy is a great character, and you can’t help but like him. It was also cool that the book was written with some parts in Irish Pavee vernacular, and that there was a lot of information about the gypsy lifestyle in Ireland.


Related Stories
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

jennide

jennide wrote:

great book i love it
commented: Mon Jul 18, 2011

jennide

jennide wrote:

good book
commented: Mon Jul 18, 2011

jennide

jennide wrote:

i will like to read it cuz i seems good
commented: Mon Jul 18, 2011

there are 6 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

The Orange is the mascot for which university?
  • Syracuse Uiniversity.
  • University of Miami.
  • University of Texas.
  • University of Kentucky.

related stories

Micro_behemoth-micro
Kidzworld reviews book 2 in Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan Trilogy, Behemoth.
Micro_a micro
If you are looking for a great book to stare at for hours, have you tried the Guiness Book of Wor...
Micro_pennydreadful-micro
One wish turns Penelope's perfect-but-uneventful life upside down in Penny Dreadful by Laurel Sny...

Random in the forums

AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
And new to the forums. Usually we don't post on very old threads.
reply about 2 hours
sycoboy
sycoboy posted in Say Anything:
im gay
reply about 2 hours
JayDream
JayDream posted in New Users:
Hi, I'm Jay. Nice to meet you. Hope we can be friends.
reply about 3 hours
oFebruaryo
oFebruaryo posted in New Users:
Hello . . Hi! :) Hazel here Making new friendship here in KW :! :angel > Hazel <
reply about 3 hours
JayDream
JayDream posted in New Users:
I just joined KW. Hoping to meet some friends.
reply about 3 hours

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

Big_icon_(7)

Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

Big_icon_(4)

You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

Big_icon_(6)

The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!

Ow_fright_ad_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...