Newsies: the real story compared with the Movie/Musical

Newsies, the movie from Walt Disney Studios, was a major influence in the writing of Calling Extra. I was ten years old when it was released in theaters, and I replayed my VHS so much, that it wore the tape down and distorted the audio of the musical numbers. My profound interest for the actual…

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Excerpt from Chapter 5: Vincent Boys

I ran to catch up to Grin, who was already on the move. I remembered his mentioning the Vincent boys but had no idea what it meant. As we rounded Broadway onto Warren Street it became clear where we were headed: St. Vincent’s Newsboy Home. 53 Warren Street was just two blocks from Newspaper Row.…

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Excerpt from Chapter 1: July 15, 1899

The last day of my youth began with the shatter of a plate and the piercing scream of an infant. I awoke in my small tenement before the sun had barely stirred. The air filtered in through cracks in the wall and was bitter cold, but the upcoming hot summer day would change that soon…

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Timeline of the Newsboy’s Strike

In Calling Extra, Elise’s personal story, as well as her adventures with Grin, are interwoven into the real timeline of the strike. Below are a list of dates and events from the strike that we have gathered together from the newspaper articles of that time. July 18th: Long Island City Newsboys feel they are being…

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Talk like a Newsie: Newsboy Slang

Newsie Slang

Many of the newsboys at the turn of the 20th century were not schooled, and therefore lacked proper grammer. As a result, the newsies made up their own vocabulary or slang. Many of the popular slang words are used by Grin and his fellow newsies in the book. See if you can spot them among…

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Read Real Articles from the Strike

The Newsboy Strike in the summer of 1899 against the New York Journal and the New York World was well-documented by the other newspapers of the time like the New York Times. We’ve listed some exciting ones! Click to view the PDF: The first official day of the strike: July 21 1899 The strike carries on: July…

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