About the Author

Kristina RomeroKristina Romero is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Masters in Professional Writing.  She was inspired to write Calling Extra while living in New York City and working as an actress on the soap opera As the World Turns, where she earned two Daytime Emmy nominations. Kristina now resides in Arizona with her husband and four children where she continues to research and write for upcoming projects. For more on Kristina, please visit https://kristinaromero.com .

About the Book

Calling Extra Cover ImageIn turn-of-the-century New York City, young Elsie Lutz must face life alone after her father's wrongful imprisonment. Her odds change when she meets Grin, a mysterious teenage newsboy with a kind heart. Together, they get caught up in the exhilarating newsboy strike of 1899, an actual event that had children labor fighting for fair pay. Through challenges and setbacks, Elsie discovers the power of her voice as she attempts to free her father and help her new friends. Follow Elsie's thrilling quest for justice and self-discovery in a world where young voices can make a big difference.

Calling Extra is inspired by the historical events of New York in the summer of 1899.  The novel explores the Child Labor and Women Rights Movement, as well as immigration, and life in the impoverished slums of New York at the turn of the 20th Century. The novel follows thirteen year-old German immigrant Elsie and fifteen-year old newsboy "Grin" as their adventures weave in and out of many iconic and ground-breaking people, places and events of their time.

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