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Bird in a Box

By Andrea Davis Pinkney (Trade Paperback, 2012)
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.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $7.00 US/$8.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316074025

    • On Sale Date: 02/14/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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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.

Andrea Pinkney is the author of many award-winning books for children. Many were collaborations with her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney. She is also an editor at Scholastic. They live in Brooklyn with their two children.

Sean Qualls is the illustrator of a number of celebrated books for children, including Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and Dizzy by Jonah Winter, an ALA Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. He has also illustrated Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade and Giant Steps to Change The World by Spike and Tonya Lee, which will be published in January 2011. Sean lives with his wife, illustrator Selina Alko, and their two children in Brooklyn, NY.
  • * "The artfully orchestrated novel is related with grace, restraint and a wealth of historical detail." (Kirkus, starred review).

  • "Pinkney weaves quite a bit of 1930s history into her story and succeeds admirably in showing how Louis came to represent so much more than his sport. Her detailed notes make this an accessible and inspiring piece of historical fiction that belongs in most collections." (School Library Journal).

  • "Children who have graduated from Matt de la Pena and Kadir Nelson's excellent A Nation's Hope (2011) will be shown just how culturally significant Louis really was with this stirring novel, which also scores high marks as a satisfying read for both boys and girls." (Booklist).

  • "[A] well-researched historical novel" (Horn Book).

  • "I love this book. It's like looking through a zoom lens to the 1930s, with three compelling characters who make the past both immediate and intimate. I'll be pestering everyone I know to read Bird in a Box!" (Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award-winning author of A Single Shard).

  • "Bird in a Box is just wonderful! Spirited, complex, extremely likable characters [and] involving, often funny, sometimes touching story lines all brought to life with a truly impressive use of language. Amazing!" (Jim Murphy, Newbery Honor author of An American Plague).

  • "Bird in a Box is a story about strength that stands up even after being knocked to the mat; it is a story about love climbing into the ring when all the odds are against it. This is a story lovingly told of hope in a broken world that desperately needs something to hope for." (Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars).

  • "Bird in a Box will break, heal, and then fill your heart, all in one reading." (Grace Lin, Newbery Honor author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon).

  • Praise for Sit-In:
    * "Even young children will grasp the powerful, elemental, and historic story of those who stood up to oppressive authority and changed the world." (Booklist, starred review).

  • * "Andrea Pinkney brings understanding and meaning to what four black college students accomplished." (School Library Journal, starred review).

  • Praise for Duke Ellington:
    * "The husband-and-wife team captures the spirit of an individual, an era and a musical style." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • "This book swings. Don't miss it." (School Library Journal).

  • Praise for Silent Thunder:
    "Children's fiction about slavery typically involves young protagonists struggling with injustice, yearning to read and risking their lives for freedom; Pinkney reinvigorates this familiar framework." (Publishers Weekly).

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Bird in a Box
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $7.00 US/$8.00 CAN
  • Pages: 288
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316074025
  • On Sale Date: 02/14/2012
Bird in a Box