Brooklyn Bridge

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100124701
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427205476
Narrator/s: Fred Berman
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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On that day in 1903, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changed irrevocably when his parents-Russian immigrants-created the first teddy bear. No longer did the Michtom's gather family and friends around the kitchen table to talk. No longer was Joseph at leisure to play stickball with the guys. No longer were Joseph and his book-loving sister free from watching their pesky two-year-old brother. Now-when it was summer vacation and more than anything Joseph wanted to experience the thrill, the grandeur, the electricity of Coney Island-Joseph worked. And complained. And fell in and out of love. And argued. And hoped that everything would go back to how it used to be. All the while no one let him forget that he was lucky. Because-"There are other children. The unwanted, the forgotten, the lost ones. They gather under the bridge each night to sit, to talk, to sleep. They know, they know, they know that to everyone beyond the bridge they are invisible. . . ." These are the children who live under the bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge. Newbery medalist Karen Hesse masterfully entwines Joseph's coming-of-age tale (and that of his big, colorful family) with the heartbreaking stories of the children under the bridge. Riveting historical fiction that is by turns accessible and ornate, very real but with a touch of magical realism. Hesse's extraordinary new novel is an insightful reminder that a life-fragile and precious-can change in a moment. Brooklyn Bridge is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Author(s): Karen Hesse
Original Publish Date: Sep 02, 2008

All formats/editions

Author(s): Karen Hesse
Product Number EB00103959
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: #9781429918015

Professional reviews

"Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse has done it again with this deeply moving story of Russian immigrants in 1903 Brooklyn. The production is greatly enhanced by the expert narration of Fred Berman, whose strong Brooklyn accent and use of Yiddish inflection take listeners directly to the time and place. Berman beautifully captures 14-year-old Joseph's electric excitement to participate in the life of the city around him--especially the temptations of baseball games, playing stickball with his friends, and going to Coney Island--while at the same time being conflicted about his own "good luck" at being part of the family that invented the teddy bear, which means a good living but seemingly endless work. A great choice for family listening. D.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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