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Just call me Joe /
Frieda Wishinsky.
imprint
Victoria, B.C. : Orca Book Publishers, c2003.
description
101 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
ISBN
1551432498 :
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Victoria, B.C. : Orca Book Publishers, c2003.
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1551432498 :
catalogue key
5309923
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First Chapter
A ball bounced hard into his chest. Startled, Joseph glared at the thin, tall boy with cropped black hair who had thrown the ball.

"Gimme that ball," the boy barked in English..Joseph didn't understand the boy's words, but from the boy's tone and sneer, Joseph knew he wasn't apologizing.

"Watch where you throw," said Joseph, throwing the boy back his ball.

"Watch where you sit, greenie," the boy snarled back, this time in Yiddish.

For a minute both boys stared at each other. Then Joseph's face broke out into a smile. "I am a greenie now," he told the boy, "but soon I'll be a regular American. I catch on to things fast."

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"Gimme that ball, ' the boy barked in English. Joseph didn't understand the boy's words. 'Watch where you sit, greenie, ' the boy snarled back, this time in Yiddish. 'I am a greenie now, ' he told the boy, 'but soon I'll be a regular American. I catch on to things fast." The year IS 1909 and Joseph has just immigrated to the United States from Russia. He thinks that life in New York City will be wonderful, but he has not bargained for the challenges of learning English and of resisting the pressures to skip school, steal and fight to earn a place among the boys in his neighborhood. Just Call Me Joe presents a full picture of life in New York City for the working poor. Anna, Joe's older sister, struggles to cope with the terrible factory conditions of the time. Aunt Sophie must take in boarders to make ends meet. And Joseph must both accept change and remain true to himself in a new city with new challenges.
Main Description
Life in New York City in the early twentieth century is tougher than Joseph ever dreamed it would be.
Long Description
The year is 1909 and Joseph has just immigrated to the United States from Russia. He thinks that life in New York City will be wonderful, but he has not bargained for the challenges of learning English and of resisting the pressures to skip school, steal and fight to earn a place among the boys in his neighbourhood. Just Call Me Joe presents a full picture of life in New York City for the working poor. Anna, Joe's older sister, struggles to cope with the terrible factory conditions of the time. Aunt Sophie must take in boarders to make ends meet. And Joseph must both accept change and remain true to himself in a new city with new challenges. Born in Germany, Frieda Wishinsky was raised and educated in New York City. Her thorough knowledge of the city shows in Just Call Me Joe. She knows what it feels like to be an immigrant kid and she loves how New York has taken in people from so many places, how they've become part of a vibrant ever-changing landscape. She is the author of many other books, including Each One Special (Orca, 1998) and So Long Stinky Queen (Fitzhenry & Whiteside).
Long Description
A ball bounced hard into his chest. Startled, Joseph glared at the thin, tall boy with cropped black hair who had thrown the ball. "Gimme that ball," the boy barked in English..Joseph didn't understand the boy's words, but from the boy's tone and sneer, Joseph knew he wasn't apologizing. "Watch where you throw," said Joseph, throwing the boy back his ball. "Watch where you sit, greenie," the boy snarled back, this time in Yiddish. For a minute both boys stared at each other. Then Joseph's face broke out into a smile. "I am a greenie now," he told the boy, " but soon I'll be a regular American. I catch on to things fast." The year is 1909 and Joseph has just immigrated to the United States from Russia. He thinks that life in New York City will be wonderful, but he has not bargained for the challenges of learning English and of resisting the pressures to skip school, steal and fight to earn a place among the boys in his neighbourhood. Just Call Me Joe presents a full picture of life in New York City for the working poor. Anna, Joe's older sister, struggles to cope with the terrible factory conditions of the time. Aunt Sophie must take in boarders to make ends meet. And Joseph must both accept change and remain true to himself in a new city with new challenges. Born in Germany, Frieda Wishinsky was raised and educated in New York City. Her thorough knowledge of the city shows in Just Call Me Joe. She knows what it feels like to be an immigrant kid and she loves how New York has taken in people from so many places, how they've become part of a vibrant ever-changing landscape. She is the author of many other books, including Each One Special (Orca, 1998) and So Long Stinky Queen (Fitzhenry & Whiteside).
Back Cover Copy
A ball bounced hard into his chest. Startled, Joseph glared at the thin, tall boy with cropped black hair who had thrown the ball."Gimme that ball," the boy barked in English.Joseph didn't understand the boy's words, but from the boy's tone and sneer, Joseph knew he wasn't apologizing."Watch where you throw," said Joseph, throwing the boy back his ball."Watch where you sit, greenie," the boy snarled back, this time in Yiddish.For a minute both boys stared at each other. Then Joseph's face broke out into a smile. "I am a greenie now," he told the boy, "but soon I'll be a regular American."

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