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Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Aug 10, 11

bookshelves: young-adult
Read in August, 2011

This is yet another instance when words won't flow to describe the feeling of this wonderful book.

This is a marvelous story of chaos and hope, about abuse and redemption, about surviving amid insurmountable odds, about friendship that lasts and about emotional and physical scars that are painful and long to be healed.

Set in 1937 when mighty Joe Lewis (Brown Bomber) gained the world heavyweight boxing championship, the author showed the miraculous ability of Lewis to be a springboard of hope, not only for a nation, but particularly for the black community.

As the philco radio announced each fight, three children, destined to come together, listened carefully as time and time again Mighty Joe refused to stay down and consistently fought his way from the ground to the heights of fame.

This book is charming, insightful, poignant heart breaking and hopeful.

Hiberina Lee Tyson's mother took off to follow her dream of singing at the great Savoy Ballroom in Harlelm. She left behind a spunky, smart, determined child raised by a minister father. Hiberina has a dream...she wants to sing just like her momma.

Before landing in The Mercy Home For Negro Orphans, Willie had a dream. He wanted to be a boxer. His dream was scattered when in one cruel abusive act, his alcoholic father destroyed his hope.

Otis dreams of his mother and father before they were killed in a car accident. He finds life tolerable in the Mercy Home For Negro Orphans because Willie is his friend. When he meets Hibernia, he has a dream that she will notice him.

One of my top reads for 2011, this is a must read!
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