The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom

The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom

A heartwarming amateur detective story set in Depression-Era St. Louis from beloved author A.E. Hotchner.

Street-savvy, almost-thirteen-year-old Aaron Broom is parking his father's car when he witnesses a robbery gone wrong in a jewlery store across the street. To Aaron's shock his father, a travelling watch salesman in the wrong place at the wrong time, is fingered as the prime suspect in the murder. Despite seeing the real killer flee the scene, Aaron can't do much to help in the moment--no one will take a kid's word for it. Undaunted, Aaron enlists an unlikely band of friends and helpful adults to clear his father's name.
Aaron's unusual mission is complicated by the painful realities of the Depression: his father's longtime business folded, leaving the family in financial straits; his mother is in a sanatorium after a near-death experience with tuberculosis. So Aaron is forced to fend for himself while his father is held in wrongful custody: he ducks truant officers and nosy neighbors, landlords and social workers, and he bumms meals from friends and relatives alike.
In his ersatz search for justice, Aaron draws upon the resources of a world-weary paperboy, an aspiring teen journalist, a kindly lawyer, and neighborhood friend with a penchant for baking. And as they dig into the details of the case, these unconventional detectives reveal a cover-up that goes much deeper than a jewelry-store heist gone sour. Through it all, Aaron's optimistic narration and plucky resourcefulness shine through. Hotchner's latest is a rollicking ride through St. Louis at its lowest, as seen through the eyes of his most lovable narrator to date.

Title:The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385543583
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    The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom Reviews

  • Bam cooks the books ;-)

    *3.5 stars rounded up. I would rank this heart-warming story as YA, suitable for ages twelve and up. Set in St Louis, Missouri during the Great Depression (probably 1933--the year when Prohibition was...

  • Michelle

    This was a wonderful read. Set during the depression, The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom follows a young boy whose family has been hit hard. His mother is in a sanitarium suffering from consumption...

  • ? Sandi ?

    4 starsA quick quirky young adult novel that takes place in St Louis during the depression. Our protagonist is Aaron, a 12 year old who ends up on his own, trying to avert child services, while also t...

  • Michele

    I enjoyed reading about Aaron and his adventures trying to clear his father’s name. He was resourceful and the plot moved quickly. This is a great book to read when you don’t want to read about he...

  • Susan Johnson

    3.5 stars A wonderful heart warming story about a 12 year old boy, Aaron, during the Depression. He and his family have been having a hard time. His mother is ill and in a sanitarium and he and his fa...

  • Pamela

    Good Old Fashioned Storytelling at its finest. Complexity told through simplicity; hardscrabble direness lightened through humor; desperation lifted with the youthful glow of hope. Somewhat in the vei...

  • Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.During the depression, a kid's father is mistakenly arrested for taking part in a jewel robbery. The kid has to go it alone, and try to get his father out of jai...

  • Nic

    When I read the blurb for The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom, in my mind, I pictured The Sandlot if you just replaced baseball with a crime-solving caper. I wasn’t too far off the mark. The book ...

  • Andrew

    Old school storytelling at its best. A heartwarming tale of a thirteen year old trying to free his father from jail during the depression. Authentic historical detail adds to the charm of this story. ...

  • Rhonda Lomazow

    A novel set in the depression era a young boy Aaron who takes on the role of an amateur detective.This is so atmospheric drew me right in back to a time and place an era we read about in history books...