Lively, mysterious, melancholy and sharp as the pickles young Joe
buys from Dilly Lepkoff on the street, Brooklyn Bridge will transport
young readers to the dangerous, exhilarating and often tragic world of
turn-of-the-century New York.
It is ironic that the American invention of the Teddy Bear, symbol of compassion and comforter of countless children, inspired this historical novel of light and dark, and fortunate and unfortunate children. Young Joseph Michtom, son of bear inventor Morris Michtom, narrates the first of the novel's triadic stories. Joseph's is the story of light, luck, love, family and possibility. The second narrative, delivered via a disembodied third person, voices the histories of a band of homeless, often brutalized and damaged children who live in misery under the Brooklyn Bridge. As counterpoint to the street children's underworld of ...
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