In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (Paperback)

By Bette Bao Lord, Marc Simont (Illustrator)

HarperTrophy, 9780064401753, 170pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2003



The hilarious and timeless story about an immigrant girl inspired by the sport she loves to find her own team--and to break down any barriers that stand in her way.

Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams. Her new home is Brooklyn, New York. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn't know any English, so it's hard to make friends.

Then a miracle happens: baseball It's 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is everyone's hero. He proves that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America. By watching Jackie, Shirley begins to truly feel at home in her new country, and that America really is the land of opportunity--both on and off the field.

Praise For In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

“Poignant but outrageously humorous.”
-School Library Journal

“Lord writes with a warm authenticity and sparkling humor.”
-ALA Booklist