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Becoming Joe DiMaggio

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Becoming Joe DiMaggio
Written by Maria Testa
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763624446
ISBN-13: 9780763624446
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Becoming Joe DiMaggio

author: Maria Testa
illustrator: Scott Hunt

It's 1936, and the Yankees have just hired a star center fielder whose name sounds like music. What could be a better time for Papa-Angelo's grandson to be born? Christened after the legendary ballplayer, young Joseph Paul learns much at his Italian grandfather's knee about holding your breath in front of the radio during a 3-2 count with the bases loaded and having the audacity to dream big dreams. "Each poem is a perfect, gripping chapter," says Kirkus Reviews in a starred review of this novel in verse, which honors the timeless bond between a grandson and his immigrant grandfather and the process of finding one's own place in a brave new world.

"With ineffable tenderness and absolute clarity, Testa tells a tale in blank verse. . . . Powerfully moving as it braids together baseball, family, and the Italian-American experience." Booklist (starred review)
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0763624446 /  9780763624446
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Fiction - Illustrated Middle-grade / Trade Paperback
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10 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
64 / 5" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 5 and up
Family; Sports & Recreation; Historical;
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