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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

illustrated by Marc Simont

Jefferson Cup Award (Virginia)

ALA Notable Children's Book

School Library Journal Best Book

Parents' Choice Silver Honor

Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Library of Congress Children's Books

About the Book

A timeless classic that will enchant readers who love Jennifer L. Holm and Thanhha Lai, about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own home team—and to break down any barriers that stand in her way.

Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams. Her new home is Brooklyn, New York. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn't know any English, so it's hard to make friends.

Then a miracle happens: baseball! It's 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is a superstar. Suddenly Shirley is playing stickball with her class and following Jackie as he leads the Brooklyn Dodgers to victory after victory.

With her hero smashing assumptions and records on the ball field, Shirley begins to feel that America is truly the land of opportunity—and perhaps has also become her real home.

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Critical Praise

“Poignant but outrageously humorous.” —School Library Journal

“Lord writes with a warm authenticity and sparkling humor.” —ALA Booklist

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060240042
  • ISBN 10: 0060240040
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 10/12/1984
  • Pages: 176
  • List Price: 21.89 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Asian American
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

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