In The Year Of The Boar And Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

In The Year Of The Boar And Jackie Robinson

byBette Bao LordIllustratorMarc Simont

Paperback | September 2, 2003

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The hilarious and timeless story about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own team—and to break down any barriers that stand in her way.

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 everyone's hero. He proves that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America. By watching Jackie, Shirley begins to truly feel at home in her new country, and that America really is the land of opportunity—both on and off the field.

About The Author

Bette Bao Lord has based this story largely on the days when she herself was a newcomer to America. She is the author of Spring Moon, nominated for the American Book Award for First Novel, and Eighth Moon.
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Title:In The Year Of The Boar And Jackie RobinsonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.38 inPublished:September 2, 2003Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064401758

ISBN - 13:9780064401753

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Bandit Wong wants to fit in with the citizens of her new country. It is 1947 in America, and the ten-year-old Chinese girl has just arrived. In order to be more like her new peers, she transforms herself into the Chinese-American Shirley Temple Wong. This book shows the absurdity that assimilation can bring, as well as the importance of keeping your own identity.

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“Lord writes with a warm authenticity and sparkling humor.”