In a sequel to The Gift-Giver, Doris reluctantly starts helping Yellow Bird, the class clown, with his reading problem. To her surprise, Doris finds that in caring for and helping Bird, she develops a new friend. "Smoothly written and easy to read; the language with touches of colloquial black English, has strength and vitality . . . the story is particularly valuable for its emphasis on friendship, generosity of spirit, and seeing what's below the surface." -- Kirkus Reviews
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Joyce Hansen, a former New York City schoolteacher, is a well-known author of both fiction and nonfiction and a four-time Coretta Scott King Honor recipient. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ms. Hansen now lives in West Columbia, South Carolina.From Publishers Weekly:
In this sentimental sequel to The Gift-Giver, Doris begins her narration only a few weeks after her friend Amir has left the Bronx for his new home in Syracuse. Doris is moody and depressed, missing Amir so much that all she can think about is earning enough money to go visit him. Nothing is working out for her, though, as her friends tease her, her new teacher Mrs. Barker is mean, her parents won't let her keep her job at the beauty parlor, and crazy Yellow Bird keeps pestering her to help him with his reading problem. When Amir writes back, he tells Doris not to come yet and to take care of Bird. Reluctantly, Doris discovers that despite his problem, Bird is smart and a good friend. Bird's difficulties are too big for Doris to handle by herself, and with the help of the new drama club teacher, Bird gets the lead in the play. There are surprises for both Bird and Doris at the end of the story, and a final letter to Amir shows that Doris has learned how to become her own "Amir." The vibrant inner-city setting and Bird's charm make this a pleasant read.
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Book Description Trumpet Club, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110440841097
Book Description Trumpet Club, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0440841097