Posted in 2011-2012 Club, Newbery Picks

Bird in a Box, by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Summary:  In 1936, three children meet at the Mercy Home for Negro Orphans in New York State, and while not all three are orphans, they are all dealing with grief and loss which together, along with the help of a sympathetic staff member and the boxing matches of Joe Louis, they manage to overcome.

Little, Brown

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3 thoughts on “Bird in a Box, by Andrea Davis Pinkney

  1. Excellent book! Great relationships are built throughout the story with a great climatic ending. This book elucidates what was going on during this period to give a great feel for what the characters were experiencing and seeing.
    Another dominating characteristic of the novel is the first person narration and style; the lingo used makes it all more realistic creating an emotional story. All round magical book! Thanks Bird in a Box, i now have a strong, complete top three (finally).

  2. I liked this book a lot, but it’s not my favorite. I could really relate to Hibernia because I am a singer. That personal connection helped me to visualize the story. I really, really loved the switching in-between three different first person POV’s, which I actually considered doing for one of my stories once.

  3. In Bird in a box, the character development is phenomenal. The way that the author takes us through their lives makes me feel as though I have known them my whole life.

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