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Brooklyn Bridge

Karen Hesse

On that day in 1903, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changed irrevocably when his parents-Russian immigrants-created the first teddy bear. No longer did the Michtom's gather family and friends around the kitchen table to talk. No longer was Joseph at leisure to play stickball with the guys. No longer were Joseph and his book-loving sister free from watching their pesky two-year-old brother. Now-when it was summer vacation and more than anything Joseph wanted to experience the thrill, the grandeur, the electricity of Coney Island-Joseph worked. And complained. And fell in and out of love. And argued. And hoped that everything would go back to how it used to be. All the while no one let him forget that he was lucky. Because-"There are other children. The unwanted, the forgotten, the lost ones. They gather under the bridge each night to sit, to talk, to sleep. They know, they know, they know that to everyone beyond the bridge they are invisible. . . ." These are the children who live under the bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge. Newbery medalist Karen Hesse masterfully entwines Joseph's coming-of-age tale (and that of his big, colorful family) with the heartbreaking stories of the children under the bridge. Riveting historical fiction that is by turns accessible and ornate, very real but with a touch of magical realism. Hesse's extraordinary new novel is an insightful reminder that a life-fragile and precious-can change in a moment. Brooklyn Bridge is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

On that day in 1903, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changed irrevocably when his parents-Russian immigrants-created the first teddy bear. No longer did the Michtom's gather family and friends around the kitchen table to talk. No longer was Joseph at leisure to play stickball with the guys. No longer were Joseph and his book-loving sister free from watching their pesky two-year-old brother. Now-when it was summer vacation and more than anything Joseph wanted to experience the thrill, the grandeur, the electricity of Coney Island-Joseph worked. And complained. And fell in and out of love. And argued. And hoped that everything would go back to how it used to be. All the while no one let him forget that he was lucky. Because-"There are other children. The unwanted, the forgotten, the lost ones. They gather under the bridge each night to sit, to talk, to sleep. They know, they know, they know that to everyone beyond the bridge they are invisible. . . ." These are the children who live under the bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge. Newbery medalist Karen Hesse masterfully entwines Joseph's coming-of-age tale (and that of his big, colorful family) with the heartbreaking stories of the children under the bridge. Riveting historical fiction that is by turns accessible and ornate, very real but with a touch of magical realism. Hesse's extraordinary new novel is an insightful reminder that a life-fragile and precious-can change in a moment. Brooklyn Bridge is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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On that day in 1903, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changed irrevocably when his parents-Russian immigrants-created the first teddy bear. No longer did the Michtom's gather family and friends around the kitchen table to talk. No longer was Joseph at leisure to play stickball with the guys. No longer were Joseph and his book-loving sister free from watching their pesky two-year-old brother. Now-when it was summer vacation and more than anything Joseph wanted to experience the thrill, the grandeur, the electricity of Coney Island-Joseph worked. And complained. And fell in and out of love. And argued. And hoped that everything would go back to how it used to be. All the while no one let him forget that he was lucky. Because-"There are other children. The unwanted, the forgotten, the lost ones. They gather under the bridge each night to sit, to talk, to sleep. They know, they know, they know that to everyone beyond the bridge they are invisible. . . ." These are the children who live under the bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge. Newbery medalist Karen Hesse masterfully entwines Joseph's coming-of-age tale (and that of his big, colorful family) with the heartbreaking stories of the children under the bridge. Riveting historical fiction that is by turns accessible and ornate, very real but with a touch of magical realism. Hesse's extraordinary new novel is an insightful reminder that a life-fragile and precious-can change in a moment. Brooklyn Bridge is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Chris Sheban, Fred Berman

Length:

4h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:55

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:19


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:31