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- Publisher: Square Fish
- Format: Paperback | 229 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 191mm x 20mm | 227g
- Publication date: 8 November 2011
- ISBN 10: 0312674287
- ISBN 13: 9780312674281
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 736,933
It's the summer of 1903 in Brooklyn and all fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom wants is to experience the thrill, the grandeur, and the electricity of the new amusement park at Coney Island. But that doesn't seem likely. Ever since his parents--Russian immigrants--invented the stuffed Teddy Bear five months ago, Joseph's life has turned upside down. No longer do the Michtom's gather family and friends around the kitchen table to talk. No longer is Joseph at leisure to play stickball with the guys. Now, Joseph works. And complains. And falls in love. And argues with Mama and Papa. And falls out of love. And hopes. Joseph hopes he'll see Coney Island soon. He hopes that everything will turn right-side up again. He hopes his luck hasn't run out--because you never know.Through all the warmth, the sadness, the frustration, and the laughter of one big, colorful family, Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse builds a stunning story of the lucky, the unlucky, and those in between, and reminds us that our lives--all our lives--are fragile, precious, and connected."Brooklyn Bridge" is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including "Out of the Dust," winner of the Newbery Medal, "Letters from Rifka," "Phoenix Rising," "Sable" and "Lavender." She has received honors including the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.
Praise for "Brooklyn Bridge": "It's such a relief to be able to count on an author time and time again."--Elizabeth Bird, "School Library Journal""" "Another work of enduring excellence from Hesse."--"Kirkus, "starred review Praise for Karen Hesse: "This intimate novel, written in stanza form, poetically conveys the heat, dust and wind of Oklahoma. With each meticulously arranged entry Hesse paints a vivid picture of her heroine's emotions."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review for "Out of the Dust" "What Copeland created with music, and Hopper created with paint, Hesse deftly and unerringly creates with words: the iconography of Americana, carefully researched, beautifully written, and profoundly honest."--"Kirkus Reviews," Starred Review for "Witness" "Deep, literary, and soulful, Ms. Hesse once again holds us in her spell as she reconstructs the past at an intense time in United States history . . . The tapestry of plot and subplot is woven with brilliant craftsmanship."--"Children's Literature" for "A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin" "Sparkling with humor, poignancy and adventure . . . Hesse's impeccable research buttresses the narrative with a wealth of detail . . . an author's note and extensive glossary round out this compelling volume."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review for "Stowaway"