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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

By Bette Bao Lord (2)

Bette Bao Lord’s In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson is a charming immigrant tale, centering on ten-year-old Bandit Wong. It is 1947, the Year of the Boar, and this year has marked a turning point in Bandit’s life, as she and her mother prepare to live in America with Mr. Wong, her father. Deciding to change her name to have a more American lilt, Bandit becomes ‘Shirley Temple Wong’ in honor of her monumental move. Shirley’s induction into American culture is confusing, as the girl attempts to master a new language, and has difficulty making friends. However, when Mabel and Emily befriend the Chinese-American girl, life takes a turn for the better, especially when she gains the chance to meet Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play major league baseball. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson is a sensitive depiction of a young girl attempting to fit in, while maintaining her unique cultural identity, and details the struggles all immigrants face when managing an introduction to a new country. Lord’s novel makes an appropriate companion to Chinese New Year celebrations, and is geared towards younger readers.

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