Bird in a BoxBird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

A story from the Great Depression in three voices – Hibernia, Otis and Willie. I loved the tone – although I didn’t notice it at the time, it’s told in present tense. More noticeable are the distinct voices and personalities of each character, with their own heartbreaks and hopes. I loved Otis’ riddles in particular. It takes a little while before the three stories connect around more than just following Joe Louis’ boxing matches, but I enjoyed the ride. I did wonder why the story started in 1937 and then moved back to 1936 – it never felt like a necessary shift in time and only distracted me – but it’s a minor quibble in an otherwise solid story.

Source: ARC from publisher

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