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During the Great Depression, a boy who faces bullying stumbles upon a mystery and comes of age in this novel that integrates fact and opinion and has a rich 1930's vocabulary. Extra material: An Author's Note is included in the back of the book.

Mike Costa has lived his whole life in The Strip, Pittsburgh's warehouse and factory district. His father's large Italian family runs a food wholesale business, and Mike is used to the sounds and smells of men working all night to unload the trains that feed the city. But it's 1933, and the Depression is bringing tough times to everyone. Money problems only add to Mike's worries about his beloved grandfather, who is getting forgetful and confused.
Mike is being tormented at school by a loud-mouth named Andy Simms, who calls Mike "Macaroni Boy." But when dead rats start appearing in the streets, that name changes to "Rat Boy." Around the same time Mike notices that his grandfather is also physically sick. Can whatever is killing the rats be hurting Mike's grandfather? It's a mystery Mike urgently needs to solve in this atmospheric, fast-paced story filled with vibrant period detail.

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Used availability for Katherine Ayres's Macaroni Boy

Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Macaroni Boy
Author(s): Katherine Ayres
ISBN: 1-4352-4798-1 / 978-1-4352-4798-7 (USA edition)
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August 2004 : USA Library Binding

Title: Macaroni Boy
Author(s): Katherine Ayres
ISBN: 0-606-30852-0 / 978-0-606-30852-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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July 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Macaroni Boy
Author(s): Katherine Ayres
ISBN: 1-4176-4273-4 / 978-1-4176-4273-1 (USA edition)
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July 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Macaroni Boy
Author(s): Katherine Ayres
ISBN: 0-7569-3112-6 / 978-0-7569-3112-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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January 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Macaroni Boy
Author(s): Katherine Ayres
ISBN: 0-385-73016-0 / 978-0-385-73016-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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January 2003 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Macaroni Boy
Author(s): Katherine Ayres
ISBN: 0-385-90085-6 / 978-0-385-90085-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

July 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Macaroni Boy
Author(s): Katherine Ayres
ISBN: 0-440-41884-4 / 978-0-440-41884-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yearling Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Macaroni Boy
Author(s): Katherine Ayres
Publisher: Yearling
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