This really is more of a short story than a novel. At less than 100 pages it is a quick, but sad, read. This tragic story of a child living with his grandmother is in turns joyous, inspirational, and devastating. If you have some time I really recommend reading through this. This reads almost like a flash fire in a forest, quick, destructive, and leaving you somehow empty and full of rebirth at the end. If you tend to be overly emotional then give this a skip. His being a newsy is almost incidental to the plot of the story, just another aspect of his character. The writing is concise, it would need to be, and you get a lot of depth in this short story.