Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Hibernia, Otis and Willie all have problems. Hibernia wants to be a famous singer like her mother who left her as a baby. Otis's parents died in a car accident. And Willie has parents but has to live at the orphanage with Otis after his father harmed him in a terrible way. All three kids love Joe Louis and follow his fights on the radio. With his bid to become the first African-American heavyweight champ coming up, the lives of the three teens are about to intersect with some surprising outcomes for all of them. Bird in a Box presents a realistic picture of life at this time as well as a clear sense of how important Joe Louis' victory was for the black community.

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