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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

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Author:

Lord, Bette Bao

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Publisher:

HarperCollins Children's Books

Categories:

Asian/Pacific Heritage, Multicultural

Ages:

3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Summary: 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 - baseball - happens. It is 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is everyone's hero. Jackie Robinson is proving that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America and for Shirley as well, on the ball field and off, America becomes the land of opportunity.

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Name:

Erin

Hometown:

Albrightsville

Age:

12

Review:

This book is about a girl named Bandit that finds out she has to move to America. She tries to think of an American name, but all she can think of is Uncle Sam and Shirley Temple. She then came to a conclusion that her name in America was going to be Shirley Temple Wong. When she moves to America she has to go to the store to buy her dad cigarettes. On her way home from the store, she got lost. Her dad then found her and took her home. When she went to school in America, it was hard for her to make friends. Then by the end of the book she had made a whole lot of friends. She even had a best friend named Emily Levy. Emily was supposed to hand the key to P.S. 8 to Jackie Robinson, but she decided that Shirley should get them instead. Overall, I think that In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson was a good book.

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Name:

Jayson

Hometown:

Albrightsville

Age:

11

Review:

This is a good book beacause it shows that anyone can be what they want to be, no matter what color they are. It provided me with a lot of information, too.

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Name:

Tory

Hometown:

MD

Age:

11

Review:

I like this book. It showed me that it was hard for Shirley to move to America because she can't speak alot of English. I think it would be hard for me to go to China for school.

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Katherine

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Age:

9

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My teacher reads The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robison whenever we have reading lessons. The book is great! Whenever our teacher finishes reading a chapter of it, she says thats all she is going to read for today. Then my whole entire class groans and wish that our teacher could read us more. I always can't till the next day for my teacher to read it. I love the book!

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Trevor

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Age:

12

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This a very exciting book that I read at school. I would often read ahead, though we weren't supposed to, because the book is so exciting. My favorite part is when Shirley leaves her chinese family and moves to America with only her mom and dad.

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