Bird in a Box
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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #50644
Binding Type: Perma-Bound (from Original Paperback)
Common Core/STEM: Common Core Recommended
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: c2011
Pages: 278 p.
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-07402-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-49683-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-07402-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-49683-5
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Reviewing Agencies: Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews , ALA Booklist (4/1/11) , Horn Book (8/1/11) , Publishers Weekly , School Library Journal (3/1/11)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-274).
Word Count: 40,861
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 143646 (05/23/11) / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:10.0
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V
In a small upstate New York town during the Great Depression, three children--Hibernia, Willie, and Otis--are about to meet.
Hibernia dreams of becoming a famous singer and performing at Harlem's swanky Savoy Ballroom.
Willie is recovering from a tragedy that prevents him from becoming a junior boxing champ.
Otis spends every night glued to the radio, listening to the voices that remind him of Daddy and Ma.
Each of them is looking for hope, and they all find it in the thrilling boxing matches of young Joe Louis. They know Joe has a good chance of becoming the country's next heavyweight champion. What they don't know is that during this unforgettable year, the three of them will become friends.