The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

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Product Number: Z15469
Released: Apr 23, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980038207
Narrator/s: John Kroft
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The Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author tells the moving story of the friendship between a young white boy and a Black WWII veteran who has recently returned to the unwelcoming Jim Crow South. On Gabriel's twelfth birthday, he gets a new bike--and is so excited that he accidentally rides it right into the path of a car. Fortunately, a Black man named Meriwether pushes him out of the way just in time, and fixes his damaged bike. As a thank you, Gabriel gets him a job at his dad's auto shop. Gabriel's dad hires him with some hesitation, however, anticipating trouble with the other mechanic, who makes no secret of his racist opinions. Gabriel and Meriwether become friends, and Gabriel learns that Meriwether drove a tank in the Army's all-Black 761st Tank Battalion in WWII. Meriwether is proud of his service, but has to keep it a secret because talking about it could be dangerous. Sadly, danger finds Meriwether, anyway, when his family receives a frightening threat. The South being the way it is, there's no guarantee that the police will help--and Gabriel doesn't know what will happen if Meriwether feels forced to take the law into his own hands.

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The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA
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Product Number:Z15469

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Author(s): Brenda Woods
Narrator(s): John Kroft
Product Number C05678
Released: May 21, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980038054
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Author(s): Brenda Woods
Product Number EB00724466
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN: #9781524737108
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Class Set
Author(s): Brenda Woods
Narrator(s): John Kroft
Product Number 3M1301
Released: May 10, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980044604
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Hanging Bag
Author(s): Brenda Woods
Narrator(s): John Kroft
Product Number 3E1268
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ISBN: #9781980044932
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Homework Pack
Author(s): Brenda Woods
Narrator(s): John Kroft
Product Number 3G1226
Released: May 10, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980045267
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Text - Hardback
Author(s): Brenda Woods
Product Number 161439
Released: May 10, 2019
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Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN: #9781524737092
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Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Brenda Woods
Product Number 4T1400
Released: May 10, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980045595

Professional reviews

"Though his delivery is low-key, narrator John Kroft effectively voices the enthusiasm of a boy who is thrilled with his brand-new Schwinn bicycle. At the end of WWII, in a South Carolina town, 12-year-old Gabriel Haberlin pedals through a red light and is pushed from the path of an oncoming car by Meriwether Hunter, an African-American veteran. After the near accident, Kroft captures Gabriel's innocence and determination to do right by his new friend. Kroft ensures that listeners feel Gabriel's respect for Meriwether despite the endemic racism of the town he's growing up in. Gabriel sheds his innocence as he comes to understand the generalized threat that prevents Meriwether from talking about the distinguished service he's so proud of and the life-threatening menace of the KKK. S.W. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"