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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

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 a superstar. Suddenly Shirley is playing stickball with her class and following Jackie as he leads the Brooklyn Dodgers to victory after victory.

With her hero smashing assumptions and records on the ball field, Shirley begins to feel that America is truly the land of opportunity — and perhaps has also become her real home. This timeless classic about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own home team — and to break down any barriers that stand in her way — is perfect for fans of Jennifer Holm and Thanhhà Lại.

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"This poignant but often outrageously humorous story shows a child’s problems of adjusting to a new country and coming out on top. [The book] is in a league by itself — and Shirley Temple Wong is a winner all the way." — School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 12
Author Bette Bao Lord, Marc Simont
ISBN 0064401758
Publication Date Sep 25, 1986
Publisher HarperCollins
Language English