Bird by Angela Johnson

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Bird, a thirteen-year-old girl with a mission, has run away in pursuit of her stepfather. She's sure she'll be able to convince him to return home--to fill the hole he left in their family. And while she hides near his sister's farmhouse, she becomes entwined in the lives of three people who also have holes to fill: Ethan, whose heart troubles have kept him too sheltered from kids his own age; Jay, whose brother has died unexpectedly; and Mrs. Pritchard, whose house has been too empty since her husband was moved to a nursing home.

Through the unique voices of the three kids, an eloquent, affecting story unfolds--the story of how one individual's warmth and kindness can heal so many hurts. Bird will leave you thoroughly uplifted.


About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson was born on June 18, 1961 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended Kent State University and worked with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a child development worker. She has written numerous children's books including Tell Me a Story, Mama, Shoes like Miss Alice, Looking for Red, A Cool Moonlight and Lily Brown's Paintings. She won the Coretta Scott King Author's Award three times for Toning the Sweep in 1994, for Heaven in 1999, and for The First Part Last in 2004, which also won the Michael L. Printz Award. In 2003, she was named a MacArthur fellow.
Published January 1, 2006 by Perfection Learning. 133 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For many fans of professional basketball, revisiting the 1980s with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will seem like ­channel-surfing from the couch and coming across a favorite old movie, a “Casablanca” or “Annie Hall.” There aren’t any major revelations in WHEN THE GAME WAS OURS (Houghton Mifflin Ha...

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Publishers Weekly

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Russell's analysis is often insightful, as when she discusses how LBJ's class prejudice affected Lady Bird's fashion choices, or her conscious decision to distance herself from Jackie Kennedy's image as a decorator by identifying publicly with Eleanor Roosevelt as a ""useful first lady."" Focusin...

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Publishers Weekly

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Gillette, former director of the LBJ Library's oral history program, has selected and edited these interviews, but the book belongs to Lady Bird Johnson.

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Entertainment Weekly

Tug Coker, as Bird, matches his every feint and crossover dribble in the tougher role of Bird, who was more of an enigma, less articulate, and rarely revealed what made him tick besides his will to perfection.

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The Washington Post

This book review of "When the Game Was Ours" by Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson incorrectly said that Bird won his first NBA title when his Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers in 1984.

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Dallas News

Anyone who ever spoke to Lady Bird Johnson remembers the former first lady’s particular way of talking: her charming East Texas accent;

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Chicago Tribune

Aside from Lane, who mercifully does not stand out like a star turn in Cromer's New York and Chicago-based ensemble of actors, Cromer also lines up an army of opposition against Wittrock's Chance, including Judd as an intimidating Boss Finley, Colm O'Reilly, whose George Scudder is a study of mal...

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Bookmarks Magazine

An informal, candid narrative by one of America's most admired First Ladies, this volume reveals how instrumental Lady Bird Johnson's support and guidance were at each stage of her husband's political ascent and how she herself emerged as a significant political force.

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The New York Review of Books

Each print has an approximate image size of 7-1/2" x 10-1/2", is printed on heavy white archival paper, and comes in a matte black wood-composite 12" x 16" glass frame with an off-white acid-free archival mat.

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