Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

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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."show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 229 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Square Fish
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0312674287
  • 9780312674281
  • 960,708

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Praise for "Brooklyn Bridge":  "This well-told tale -- about a Jewish immigrant family in New York in the early 1900s -- is fascinating and full of suspense.”--"The Washington Post" "Alternating with this story line is a parallel narrative devoted to abandoned children who forge a life for themselves under the shelter of the Brooklyn Bridge. Readers will have a hard time putting down this compelling story.”--"School Library Journal" “Inspired by facts surrounding the inventors of the teddy bear, Newbery Medalist Hesse ("Out of the Dust") applies her gift for narrative voice to this memorable story set in 1903 Brooklyn.”--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review "The narrative includes tightly interwoven elements of multiple genres—adventure, romance, comedy, ghost story, and family drama—without ever compromising the authenticity of the plot or the characters.”--"Horn Book" “Rooted in the Jewish immigrant experience inshow more

About Karen Hesse

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 more