In a small upstate New York town during the Great Depression, three children—Hibernia, Willie, and Otis—are about to meet. Hibernia dreams of becoming a famous singer and performing at Harlem’s swanky Savoy Ballroom. Willie is recovering from a tragedy that prevents him from becoming a junior boxing champ. Otis spends every night glued to the radio, listening to the voices that remind him of Daddy and Ma.
Each of them is looking for hope, and they all find it in the thrilling boxing matches of young Joe Louis. They know Joe has a good chance of becoming the country’s next heavyweight champion. What they don’t know is that during this unforgettable year, the three of them will become friends.
Award-winning and bestselling author Andrea Davis Pinkney masterfully tells a story of friendship and determination, set against the backdrop of America’s golden age of radio.
About the Author
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the "New York Times" best-selling author of several books for young readers, including the novel "Bird in a Box", a Today Show Al Roker Book Club for Kids pick, and "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, "winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Additional works include the""Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book "Duke Ellington, " illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney; and "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, " a Coretta Scott King Honor book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award. Andrea Davis Pinkney lives in New York City.
Bahni Turpin is an ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company. Based in Los Angeles, Bahni has appeared in numerous television productions as well as films. She is also a yoga instructor, and the founder of SoLA Food Co-op.