The Ballad of West Tenth Street
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The Ballad of West Tenth Street : How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--And Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

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Once upon a time in Manhattan . . .

. . . there stood a pair of fine old brick townhouses on West Tenth Street. One had a blue door with a tarnished brass knocker in the shape of a dolphin. The other was empty. Behind the blue door lived Sadie, the widow of a famous British rocker who died of an overdose, and two of her children, Hamish and Deen.

The children manage to muddle along as best they can with a loving but distracted mother. But their whole world changes when the house next door gets a new owner--a mysterious Southerner who quickly endears himself to his new neighbors, taking them--and their friends--under his protective wing. In doing so, he transforms everything.

Magical, lively, lovely, and unique, The Ballad of West Tenth Street is a contemporary urban fairy tale that delightfully reimagines real life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • HARPER PERENNIAL
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061669172
  • 9780061669170
  • 1,735,675

Review quote

(A) captivating debut. Kernan s portrait of Manhattan is vivdly drawn, an insightful illustration of how a string of city blocks can feel like home. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
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211 ratings
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4 39% (83)
3 29% (61)
2 12% (26)
1 4% (8)
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