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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

illustrated by Marc Simont

ALA Notable Children's Book

Jefferson Cup Award (Virginia)

Library of Congress Children's Books

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

Parents' Choice Silver Honor

School Library Journal Best Book

About the Book

The hilarious and timeless story about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own 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 everyone's hero. He proves that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America. By watching Jackie, Shirley begins to truly feel at home in her new country, and that America really is the land of opportunity—both on and off the field.

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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 / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century

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

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