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Brooklyn Bridge

by Karen Hesse

Brooklyn Bridge
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    Sep 2008, 240 pages
    Sep 2008, 240 pages

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Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse builds a story of the lucky, the unlucky, and those in between, set in early 20th century New York

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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