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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bette Bao Lord Narrator: Melissa Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538461204
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In 1947, the Year of the Boar, Sixth Cousin, also known as Bandit, leaves China with her parents for a new beginning in America. Proud of the American name that she chose herself, Shirley Temple Wong is optimistic that her new home will be the land of many opportunities. But it’s harder than she expected. She doesn’t speak English, the kids at school ignore her, and she feels very far from home. But then summer comes, bringing the miracle of baseball. Soon Shirley is the biggest Brooklyn Dodgers fan of all, listening to the radio to hear the triumphs and heartbreaks of the team and her hero, Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson proves that in America, the grandson of a slave can make a difference. And for Shirley as well, on the ball field and off, America becomes the land of opportunity.

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  • “Melissa Hughes’ restrained narration reflects loneliness and confusion as Shirley struggles to make sense of the completely new language and culture of Brooklyn. The story picks up as Hughes gives voice to the variety of accents that might be found in a New York immigrant neighborhood.”

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  • “Bette Bao Lord’s wonderfully humorous story shows what it means to be an American from the eyes of a spunky young immigrant. It will touch the hearts of listeners. Melissa Hughes authentically narrates all the voices, including many accents and ages.”

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About the Author

Bette Bao Lord is the author of Spring Moon, nominated for the American Book Award for First Novel, and Eighth Moon, among other works. Born in Shanghai in 1938, she came to America at the age of eight.

About the Narrator

Melissa Hughes’ career began in radio, where she was a staff announcer, DJ, and voice-over artist. Working in England for many years, she starred in the BBC Radio drama Trouble Brewing, appeared in numerous plays, and created the screams for the character of Lois Lane, as well as other voices in the film Superman.