Karen Hesse has achieved many honors for her more than twenty books over the course of her award-winning career: the Newbery Medal, the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award, the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award, and the Christopher Medal. Her novels burn with intensity, and keenly felt, deeply researched, and are memorable for their imagination and intelligence.
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.
About Karen HesseSee more books from this Author
For those of us who know the area, the allure and magnificence of Coney Island and the wonderful Brooklyn Bridge will never cease to exist but rather be enhanced and remembered by reading Karen Hesse’s novel, Brooklyn Bridge.Aug 11 2008 | Read Full Review of Brooklyn Bridge
Bridget Rothenberger, owner of Nomad Bookhouse, Jackson, Mich., told the Citizen Patriot that, despite the long hours involved in running an independent bookstore, her staff allows her to also have time for her "top priority"--her children.| Read Full Review of Brooklyn Bridge
An aggregated and normalized score based on 38 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes