When Pirates Came to Brooklyn by Phyllis Shalant

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Lee Bloom is drawn to the house on Avenue J by mysterious voices from behind the rose trellis. It isn't long before the girl who lives there, Polly Burke, invites Lee in for a shipwreck, a poisoned-tea party, and-best of all-flying lessons. Then Polly reveals a secret-Peter Pan has told her he needs their help-and the newfound friends join forces to fight the pirates who are coming by cloudship galleon.

But pirates aren't the only threat Lee and Polly must battle in Brooklyn, 1959. Their mothers' bigotry-Lee's against anyone not Jewish or white; Polly's against Lee for being Jewish-threatens the girls' friendship. This story of how two friends manage to fly above both pirates and prejudice will lift readers' hearts.

About Phyllis Shalant

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Phyllis Shalant teaches writing to both children and adults and has written a number of books for young readers.
Published September 16, 2002 by Dutton Juvenile. 176 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books.

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After her best friend moves away, sixth-grader Lee Bloom meets some neighborhood children whose imaginative games fighting pirates in the attic of their home capture her imagination.

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However, when Polly's mother tries to convert Lee to Christianity, Lee's mother forbids her daughter to play with Polly.

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