In “Calling Extra” (ISBN 0985191600), author Kristina Romero creates a riveting young adult novel that transports readers to the streets of New York City in 1899. It follows 13-year-old Elsie Lutz whose life is changed forever when her father is jailed for a crime he did not commit. Now, Elsie finds herself alone in turn-of-the-century New York. On these mean streets, she befriends Grin, a teenage newsboy with a kind heart and a mysterious past.
Elsie soon finds herself wrapped up in the newsboy strike of 1899, a sweeping act of social activism led by children. Finding themselves exploited by newspaper barons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the crafty youngsters stop delivering papers for two weeks, forcing some of the wealthiest men in the world to reduce the cost of their papers.
Through the brotherhood of the newsboys, Elsie discovers her own courage, bravery, worth and self-determination. But will what she learns be enough to conquer the overwhelming odds, find her own voice and ultimately free her father?
“Calling Extra” is a stunning novel that revisits this tumultuous time in American history. It’s both a book about recognizing the power in one’s own voice to make a difference and a novel that explores the child labor movement, immigration and the impoverished slums of New York at the dawn of the twentieth century. As Grin and Elsie try to survive the city, they encounter many iconic figures of their place and time. This work of historical fiction does justice to its momentous era, while telling a compelling story about how friendship, brotherhood and sisterhood influence our lives in ways we may never fully realize.
“Calling Extra” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Kristina Romero is a writer, actor, director, web entrepreneur and Emmy-nominated actress. At the age of 17, she began her career starring on the CBS soap opera “As The World Turns,” where she earned Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2001 and 2002. She also appeared in the feature film “The Flock,” where she starred alongside Richard Gere and Claire Danes. She earned a master’s in professional writing from the University of Southern California, where she began working on “Calling Extra,” her debut novel. Her early inspiration to write the book was prompted by her enchantment with Disney’s musical “Newsies,” also based on the historic newsboy strike of 1899. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and son.
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