In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
By Bette Bao LordReading Level: Late Elementary School
Publisher: HarperCollins 1984
Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to a new home in Brooklyn, New York. Shirley doesn't know any English, so it's hard to make friends until she learns to play baseball. It is 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is proving that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America. For Shirley, it proves that America is a land of opportunity.