The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

The Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author tells the moving story of the friendship between a young white boy and a Black WWII veteran who has recently returned to the unwelcoming Jim Crow South. On Gabriel's twelfth birthday, he gets a new bike--and is so excited that he accidentally rides it right into the path of a car. Fortunately, a Black man named Meriwether pushes h The Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author tells the moving story of the friendship between a young white boy and a ...

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Title:The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA
Author:Brenda Woods
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1524737097
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA Reviews

  • Jaime
    Sep 13, 2018
    Disclosure: This book was provided to me by Edelweiss free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review. This book is scheduled to be released on January 08, 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books. I don't usually read too many Middle Grade books.  I often find myself too far removed...
  • Jamie
    Mar 03, 2019
    This is a gem of historical fiction and not too long, like much of it is. I can?t think of another story about after WWII- 1946 South Carolina. Gabriel is lucky to be raised in an anti racist household in the segregated south. His dad?s gas station and repair shop is in the Green B...
  • Laurie
    Oct 27, 2018
    Interest Level: 5-8 Have you ever made a big mistake but luckily someone was there to save you? Gabriel turns twelve and is so excited to get a brand new bike. He is so busy showing off and watching people watching him that he was not paying attention to the traffic light that had j...
  • Skip
    Feb 17, 2019
    A very good middle school read about life in the Jim Crow South, following WWII. A young white boy growing up in a progressive, educated home (with parents educated at Oberlin College) turns 12, and is almost killed riding his new bicycle, but is saved by the quick action of a black ha...
  • Richie Partington
    Feb 10, 2019
    Richie?s Picks: THE UNSUNG HERO OF BIRDSONG, USA by Brenda Woods, Nancy Paulsen Books, January 2019, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-5247-3709-2 ?You also had some very fine people on both sides.? --Donald Trump, August 15, 2017 ?Makes me wanna holler The way they do my life? -- ...
  • Susan
    Jan 07, 2019
    "Whenever possible, you gotta try to see the goings-on of life through more eyes than just your own, because that can help you see things more clearly. Sometimes it'll even let you see things the way they really are and give you peace of mind." Meriweather Hunter (quoted from uncorrect...
  • Amy
    Apr 06, 2019
    My students chose this book to read for our 5th/6th Grade Book Club over ?Pay Attention Carter Jones? and ?Song for a Whale.? Although the book is shorter than most we?ve done in the Book Club, my students did get through it very quickly. Their feedback on the book has been v...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Nov 11, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus For his twelfth birthday, Gabriel gets a brand new Schwinn bicycle, but almost comes to grief after running a red light. Luckily, a man pushes him out of the way of the oncoming car and saves him. Meriwether Hunter also helps fix the bike, and since he ...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Dec 21, 2018
    The voice in this little (I mean this in the best possible way) book is instantly engaging. So much so, I stayed up late to swallow it whole. Brenda Woods is the unsung hero of middle grade fiction. Seriously, every one of her novels clock in at under 200 pages and feature fascinating ...
  • Josephine
    Mar 06, 2019
    Suggestion for EBOB The story is set in the 40?s in the Jim Crow era. We are in Birdsong which is just outside of Charleston, SC. Main character Gabriel has just received a bike for his birthday and is out for a test drive. As Gabriel pedals by, he sees Meriwether, who?s begging f...
  • Gretchen
    Apr 28, 2019
    A very quiet book with a very big message. Addressing the segregation and discrimination in southern America during the time of the Jim Crow laws, specifically after WWII. Meriweather is a wonderful character who knows the situation and is willing to work in it for the benefit of his f...
  • Kelsey Buckley
    Apr 20, 2019
    Gabriel is so caught up in his new bike that he rides right in front of a car on his twelfth birthday. Luckily, a black man named Meriwether is there to push him out of the way. Gabriel helps Meriwether get a job at his father's auto shop. Gabriel's father is a little hesitant since it...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Feb 18, 2019
    It's the summer of 1946 and in Birdsong, South Carolina, Gabriel Haberlin has just tuned 12 and received a brand new Schwinn Autocycle Deluxe for his birthday. Excited to test it out and show his friend Patrick, Gabe sets off not paying too much attention to a stoplight ahead of him th...
  • Patrick
    Aug 21, 2018
    Such a strong and beautiful story between a boy and a soldier with a past bursting to be shared. ...
  • Michele Knott
    Jan 03, 2019
    Just read the first paragraph of this book, you won?t want to stop until every last word is written. A book that shows change can begin with our young readers. It?s not too early to start asking questions. And friendship. This book is about a really great friendship. ...
  • Audrey
    Feb 03, 2019
    This book was overly simplistic even for a middle grade audience. The biggest issue is that it falls under the ?magical negro? trope which I am not a fan of. A young white boy, in the south, rides his new bike, and is saved by an older black man. They become friends and the boy get...
  • Amy
    Feb 23, 2019
    This was a wonderful, MG book about life in the South after WWII. As with all historical fiction, it brought to light a hard truth in our past and it showcased it in a completely relatable way for kids to read about and understand. I had very little knowledge of this issue (the hardshi...
  • Tory
    Oct 02, 2018
    This had the potential to be great, but the best language in the book was found in the first two pages, and it went downhill from there. Very simplistic writing with characters who over-explained everything in cheesy overly-Southern dialogue. "You can't just make your characters say ho...
  • Mary Lou
    Feb 17, 2019
    ? The first time you meet someone, it?s the beginning of a brand-new unmapped trail, so there?s no way of knowing if that path is going to be a short one, a long one, or somewhere in between, or maybe one that takes you in a circle and therefore never ends.? With such beauti...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 14, 2019
    Wonderful book about race relations in post-WWII in Birdsong, SC. Loved every page! Great middle grade book. ...
  • Hillary
    Apr 25, 2019
    I adored this book, although some of my fourth graders found it to be slow. It was the perfect fit as a read aloud for our unit on Civil Rights. Woods conveyed the fear, danger, and maltreatment of being an African-American person in the south without being overly scary for my fourth g...
  • Mary
    Mar 04, 2019
    Possible Newbery? A South Carolina town in 1946, Gabriel tells of how he first met his friend Meriwether who pulled him off his bike and away from a certain collision with a car. Gabriel and his friend begin their education in Jim Crow law and customs as Meriwether goes to work in Dad...
  • Katie Reilley
    Aug 20, 2018
    So grateful to Nancy Paulsen and Penguin Kids for sharing an ARC of this historical fiction MG novel with our #bookexpedition group! This story features Gabriel, a 12 year old growing up in Birdsong, South Carolina post WWII, who develops a friendship with a man named Meriwether Hu...
  • Joan Marie
    Apr 27, 2019
    Brenda Woods does an incredible job of crafting this tender story about the injustice of black WWII War heroes who return from the war to face prejudice, hatred, and discrimination in a still segregated US. It is a real eye-opener for a white 12-year-old Gabriel who befriends Mr. Meriw...
  • Devon H
    Oct 08, 2018
    This is a middle grade book that I felt really got inside the mind of twelve-year-old Gabriel. It's 1946, and Gabriel is super excited to receive his shiny new bike on his birthday, which he promptly takes for a spin. The very first time he rides it, he's flying down the street, not pa...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Aug 14, 2018
    A received an ARC of this HF story from Nancy Paulsen and I am so happy I did! This is an amazing story of Gabriel, a twelve year old boy, growing up in South Carolina, and the friendship he develops with a man who saves his life by pushing him out of the way of a car when riding h...
  • Kate Willis
    May 05, 2019
    I love it when I stumble across a book that opens my eyes to another piece of history, another part of the world, another person?s experience. Especially if it?s middle-grade fiction because somehow those are always more poignant while they are gentle. I didn?t know much about...
  • JoJo Ames
    Mar 10, 2019
    Set in a small Southern town during the Jim Crow era, the friendship between Gabriel Haberlin and Meriwether Hunter reflect the themes of friendship, honesty, and respect. Having just turned 12, out riding his new Schwinn bicycle, Gabriel is pushed out of the path of a speeding car by ...
  • Liz Griffin
    Jan 13, 2019
    I received an advanced uncorrected galley of The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA in my December Scribbler box. This middle-grade novel takes place in the aftermath of World War II in Birdsong, near Charleston, South Carolina, and explores racial conflicts and the disparity in the reception...
  • Karen McKenna
    Jan 14, 2019
    This book gets a five star review from me because I could not put it down. I had meant to just start it before running errands, but my patient husband had to wait for me to finish before we could go. As a language arts teacher, one of the most appealing aspects of this book is its leng...