Jewish Values: Brooklyn Bridge

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Publication Year: 
2008
Number of Pages: 
231pages
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Set in 1903 and narrated by 14 year old Joseph Michtom, this absorbing novel examines the lives of the haves, the have-somes, and the have-nots of Brooklyn. Joseph's friends consider him lucky because his parents have made a success of their stuffed Teddy Bear business. Yet Joseph wishes they didn't work so hard and had more time for him and his siblings. He especially yearns to visit Coney Island that he reads about so much in the newspapers but when he does get there, it is on foot, penniless, and exhausted. Alternating with Joseph's observations about his family, his friends, and life in an immigrant neighborhood are impressionistic vignettes about homeless children who live under the Brooklyn Bridge. If Joseph and his family are lucky, these children are the luckless and at the conclusion of the book, their paths converge. Written with artistry, this is thought-provoking historical fiction.
ISBN: 
978-0-312-37886-8
Book ID: 
1258
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No
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