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Bird in a Box

By Andrea Davis Pinkney (Hardcover Book, 2011)
Otis, Willie, and Hibernia are three children with a lot in common: they've all lost a loved one, they each have secret dreams, and they won't stop fighting for what they want. And they're also a lot like their hero, famed boxer Joe Louis. Throughout this moving novel, their lives gradually converge to form friendship, family, and love. Their trials and triumphs echo those of Joe Louis, as he fights to become the heavyweight boxing champion.

Andrea Pinkney masterfully weaves in factual information about Joe Louis and actual radio commentary from his fights, enriching the narrative of this uniquely rendered and beautifully written novel.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $16.99 US/$18.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316074032

    • On Sale Date: 04/12/2011

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Otis, Willie, and Hibernia are three children with a lot in common: they've all lost a loved one, they each have secret dreams, and they won't stop fighting for what they want. And they're also a lot like their hero, famed boxer Joe Louis. Throughout this moving novel, their lives gradually converge to form friendship, family, and love. Their trials and triumphs echo those of Joe Louis, as he fights to become the heavyweight boxing champion.

Andrea Pinkney masterfully weaves in factual information about Joe Louis and actual radio commentary from his fights, enriching the narrative of this uniquely rendered and beautifully written novel.

Andrea Pinkney is the author of many award-winning books for children. Many were collaborations with her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney. She is also an editor at Scholastic. They live in Brooklyn with their two children.

Sean Qualls is the illustrator of a number of celebrated books for children, including Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and Dizzy by Jonah Winter, an ALA Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. He has also illustrated Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade and Giant Steps to Change The World by Spike and Tonya Lee, which will be published in January 2011. Sean lives with his wife, illustrator Selina Alko, and their two children in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Praise for Sit-In:
    * "Even young children will grasp the powerful, elemental, and historic story of those who stood up to oppressive authority and changed the world." (Booklist, starred review).

  • * "Andrea Pinkney brings understanding and meaning to what four black college students accomplished." (School Library Journal, starred review).

  • Praise for Duke Ellington:
    * "The husband-and-wife team captures the spirit of an individual, an era and a musical style." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • "This book swings. Don't miss it." (School Library Journal).

  • Praise for Silent Thunder:
    "Children's fiction about slavery typically involves young protagonists struggling with injustice, yearning to read and risking their lives for freedom; Pinkney reinvigorates this familiar framework." (Publishers Weekly).

  • Praise for Raven in a Dove House:
    "Engrossing." (New York Times Book Review).

  • Praise for Hold Fast to Dreams:
    "Pinkney's (Hold Fast to Dreams) characters emerge complex and real." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "An avenue for discussing racism-especially the need to overcome prejudice and maintain pride." (Children's Literature).

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Product Details

Bird in a Box
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $16.99 US/$18.50 CAN
  • Pages: 288
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316074032
  • On Sale Date: 04/12/2011
Bird in a Box