The award winning sequel, The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers, picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off. It’s 1911 In the Lower East Side tenements and Lily, a nine almost ten-year-old daughter of Sicilian immigrants, has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
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It was amazing! I recently finished reading The Heart of Bakers and Artists and continued to wonder about the characters long after I had turned the final page. The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers was the perfect solution. It continued the story of 9 (almost 10) year old Lily and her Sicilian immigrant family living in New York’s lower east side. Partly based on the author’s family stories that she absorbed around their kitchen table, the sights, sounds, fears, struggles, joys and community of new Americans in the early 1900s were made breathtakingly real.
Aimed at middle-grade readers, this is a beautiful book for families to share. It is also a fantastic resource for teachers and librarians.
-Donna at Goodreads November 2021