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Bird in a box /

by Pinkney, Andrea Davis; Qualls, Sean [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: 278 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780316074032; 0316074039.Subject(s): Louis, Joe, 1914-1981 -- Juvenile fiction | Orphanages -- Juvenile fiction | Orphans -- Juvenile fiction | Grief -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Juvenile fiction | New York (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction | Chapter booksSummary: In 1936, three children meet at the Mercy Home for Negro Orphans in New York State, and while not all three are orphans, they are all dealing with grief and loss which together, along with the help of a sympathetic staff member and the boxing matches of Joe Louis, they manage to overcome. Includes author's notes.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Otis, Willie, and Hibernia are three children with a lot in common: they've all lost a loved one, they each have secret dreams, and they won't stop fighting for what they want. And they're also a lot like their hero, famed boxer Joe Louis. Throughout this moving novel, their lives gradually converge to form friendship, family, and love. Their trials and triumphs echo those of Joe Louis, as he fights to become the heavyweight boxing champion.<br> <br> Andrea Pinkney masterfully weaves in factual information about Joe Louis and actual radio commentary from his fights, enriching the narrative of this uniquely rendered and beautifully written novel.<br>

Wilson's Children, September 2011

Wilson's Junior High School, September 2011

School Library Journal, March 2011

Library Media Connection starred, October 2011

Kirkus Starred, March 2011

Booklist, April 2011

New York Times, April 2011

Horn Book, October 2011

Bulletin (Center for Children's books), April 2011

Publishers Weekly Annex, June 2011

In 1936, three children meet at the Mercy Home for Negro Orphans in New York State, and while not all three are orphans, they are all dealing with grief and loss which together, along with the help of a sympathetic staff member and the boxing matches of Joe Louis, they manage to overcome. Includes author's notes.

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Horn Book Review

In alternating chapters, three preadolescent African American narrators reveal their deep private pain: Hibernia's mother left her and her father, a minister in "slowpoke Elmira, New York," to pursue a singing career at the Savoy Ballroom; Otis's devoted parents were killed in a highway accident; and Willie's father abused him cruelly. As their lives intersect during the year before Joe Louis wins his heavyweight championship fight (against James J. Braddock, on June 22, 1937), the three young people prove resilient and receptive to friendship and a more hopeful future. Despite the serious problems of poverty during the Great Depression, a humorous tone ripples throughout this well-researched historical novel. Each character -- represented by a chapter-heading icon of high heels, boxing gloves, or a radio -- projects a distinctive voice. The title reference is vague, and young readers will need to pay attention to dates in the subheadings, since the present-tense action starts the day before the fight, skips back to cover previous months, and ends with the Louis knockout -- a landmark event in the characters' lives, as it was in boxing and African American history. An author's note provides information on Joe Louis's career and on other "real people and places," along with a list of factual resources. betsy hearne (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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