Sunday, November 5 • 1:00 pm
The Prince of Steel Pier
It’s 1975, and thirteen-year-old Joey Goodman is spending the summer at his grandparents’ declining kosher hotel, the St. Bonaventure, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Joey sometimes feels forgotten as the third of four brothers in an otherwise loving and lively extended family. When he’s not helping out at the hotel as an unpaid waiter-in-training, Joey explores the boardwalk, a landscape that is shifting now that gambling has been legalized. Casinos will soon populate the area, threatening older businesses like the St. Bonaventure and altering Joey’s future.
When the teen encounters a group of local mobsters who seem particularly impressed with his Skee-Ball abilities, his summer plans are irrevocably changed. The boss, Artie Bishop, takes a liking to Joey and soon offers him the opportunity to chaperone his visiting teenage daughter, Melanie. Although Joey feels conflicted about these new connections, which require him to lie to his family, he’s also enticed by the monetary agreements that afford him more than enough money to purchase the camera he’s been eyeing.
Filled with mystery, mayhem, and meaningful relationships, this fast-paced historical novel will capture any reader’s attention.
About the Author:
Stacy Nockowitz has been an educator and school librarian for 30+ years. She holds Master’s Degrees in Education and Library Science and is an MFA candidate in Writing for Children. Stacy’s novel, The Prince of Steel Pier, won a 2022 National Jewish Book Award and was named a 2022 Sydney Taylor Notable Book.
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