intertwined stories chronicling the lives of six immigrants as they journey to
become American citizens.
At points humorous and at other points sad, the book
shares the experiences and humanity of people from other parts of the world as
they seek their share of the pot of gold in the 'land of
A girl and her grandmother (Baba Didi) are on a beach watching the godwits and their epic migration is charmingly told touching on waves of human migration and resilience on the way.
So it is with great pride and excitement that we present Karen Hesse's first novel in over five years: Brooklyn Bridge.
It's the summer of 1903 in Brooklyn and all fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom wants is to experience the thrill, the grandeur, and the electricity of the new amusement park at Coney Island. But that doesn't seem likely. Ever since his parents—Russian immigrants—invented the stuffed Teddy Bear five months ago, Joseph's life has turned upside down. No longer do the Michtom's gather family and friends around the kitchen table to talk. No longer is Joseph at leisure to play stickball with the guys. Now, Joseph works. And complains. And falls in love. And argues with Mama and Papa. And falls out of love. And hopes. Joseph hopes he'll see Coney Island soon. He hopes that everything will turn right-side up again. He hopes his luck hasn't run out—because you never know.
Through all the warmth, the sadness, the frustration, and the laughter of one big, colorful family, Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse builds a stunning story of the lucky, the unlucky, and those in between, and reminds us that our lives—all our lives—are fragile, precious, and connected.
Brooklyn Bridge is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.