In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Book

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Reading Level: Grades 3-5 

Lexile Level: 730

Setting: China, New York, 1947

Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Sports

Page Count: 96

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In the year 1947, Shirley Temple Wong and her mother receive a letter from her father. He asks them to come and join him in New York City where he has been working and preparing a home for them. New York is a long way from Chungking, China, but Shirley is excited that her family will be together again at last. Shirley has difficulty adjusting to life in a new country, with its new customs and languages. But then summer comes, bringing the miracle of baseball. Suddenly Shirley is playing stickball and following superstar Jackie Robinson as he leads the Brooklyn Dodgers to victory after victory. Jackie Robinson proves that in America, the grandson of a slave can make a difference and be a hero! And for Shirley as well, the land of America becomes the land of opportunity.

Poignant, touching, but often hilariously funny!

Book Awards:
An ALA Notable Book   •   School Library Journal Best Book   •   Parents' Choice Silver Honor   •   Notable Children's Book-Social Studies   •   Jefferson Cup Award   •   Library of Congress Children's Book

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