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Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero (vuoden 2021 painos)

Tekijä: Kelly J. Baptist (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Isaiah Dunn (1)

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African American Fiction. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:A coming-of-age tale about a boy who discovers a love of poetry after finding his late father's journal. Adapted from a story that first appeared in Flying Lessons & Other Stories and perfect for fans of The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.
Isaiah is now the big man of the house. But it's a lot harder than his dad made it look. His little sister, Charlie, asks too many questions, and Mama's gone totally silent.
Good thing Isaiah can count on his best friend, Sneaky, who always has a scheme for getting around the rules. Plus, his classmate Angel has a few good ideas of her own??once she stops hassling Isaiah.
And when things get really tough, there's Daddy's journal, filled with stories about the amazing Isaiah Dunn, a superhero who gets his powers from beans and rice. Isaiah wishes his dad's tales were real. He could use those powers right about now!
Kelly J. Baptist's debut novel explores the indomitable spirit of a ten-year-old boy and the superhero strength it takes to grow up.
"Isaiah's optimism, drive, and loyalty to friends and family make him a hero to cheer for." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:Mathews_mallory
Teoksen nimi:Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero
Kirjailijat:Kelly J. Baptist (Tekijä)
Info:Yearling (2021), Edition: Reissue, 208 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:Realistic Fiction- Coming of Age

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näyttää 5/5
Independent Reading Level: Grades 2nd-3rd grade
Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award (2021), Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2021), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry (2021)
  Mathews_mallory | Nov 26, 2023 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 4-7

Plot Summary: Isaiah's had a lot of loss: his beloved dad passed away and his mom moved them into a motel. Isaiah's wants to get out of "Smoky Inn" but more than anything, he wants his mom to stop drinking. She's a totally different person now. Isaiah keeps busy at the library checking his email and reading the notebook of stories his dad wrote about Isaiah Dunn. Although Isaiah used to be a writer himself, he can't seem to do it anymore. Will his life ever get better? Will he find a way to make money and move out? Will his mom get better?

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Characters:
Isaiah Dunn -
Charlie - 4 yo, Isaiah's sister
Sneaky - Isaiah's best friend, comes up with sneaky ideas such as selling candy bars at lunch time to make money after the lunches changed to be too healthy
Antwan - Sneaky's brother, share a room
Angel Atkins - Isaiah's "enemy" but after going through peer mediation at school they find more in common
Alex - Angel's cousin
Miz Rita - lived in the Dunn's old apartment building, did Charlie's hair, takes in the kids when mom goes to rehab

Recurring Themes: loss of a parent, death, money, alcoholism, writing, poetry, friendship, family, support

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: This book is extremely well written. I really, really enjoyed it after reading it, but I'm surprised when I went back to write this that I couldn't remember much and needed to skim it very briefly for it to come back to me. I like that it features a strong, close Black family. I also like that the author showed the reader instead of told the reader.

Genre: realistic fiction

Pacing: medium-fast
Characters: very well developed
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  pigeonlover | Nov 12, 2022 |

“Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero” was a children to middle grade standout and I was surprised it touch based on sensitive subjects such as death, grievance, alcoholism, bullying, and homelessness which is all told in a 10-11 year old boy’s perspective. It touched home and most readers can easily relate to Isaiah’s story. Needless to say, I was impressed with the author's ability to tell the story in a child's eyes and what his thought process was when it seemed like everything in his life was falling apart when his late father suddenly passes.

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  ayoshina | Jul 31, 2022 |
Not an easy story to read -- grief, alcoholism, homelessness, helplessness -- those are all big themes -- however, the shining light of community is also there; both in the adults who step in to help and in the friends who support Isaiah in their own ways. Loved Sneaky and his candy hustle. Loved that there was a restorative justice program that actually helped. Loved that for all the heavy themes, this was not a book without hope or achievement or excellence or recognition. Isaiah is a wonderful character, but so is Rock, the Barber and Mr. Shephard, the librarian and Ms. Rita, the neighbor and the list goes on. ( )
1 ääni jennybeast | Jul 14, 2022 |
What Isaiah learns about legacy and what he decides to do about it is inspiring.

Admittedly though, I didn't get into this story until about the last third or quarter, as I found much of it rather slow, a little disjointed, and pretty depressing. But I hung in there, partly because it wouldn't take long to finish and also because of how much I liked this author's newer novel, The Swag Is in the Socks.

Besides, I usually connect with stories about writers at some point, and I did connect in that way here—both with Isaiah and with his father, through Isaiah. ( )
  NadineC.Keels | Dec 17, 2021 |
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African American Fiction. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:A coming-of-age tale about a boy who discovers a love of poetry after finding his late father's journal. Adapted from a story that first appeared in Flying Lessons & Other Stories and perfect for fans of The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.
Isaiah is now the big man of the house. But it's a lot harder than his dad made it look. His little sister, Charlie, asks too many questions, and Mama's gone totally silent.
Good thing Isaiah can count on his best friend, Sneaky, who always has a scheme for getting around the rules. Plus, his classmate Angel has a few good ideas of her own??once she stops hassling Isaiah.
And when things get really tough, there's Daddy's journal, filled with stories about the amazing Isaiah Dunn, a superhero who gets his powers from beans and rice. Isaiah wishes his dad's tales were real. He could use those powers right about now!
Kelly J. Baptist's debut novel explores the indomitable spirit of a ten-year-old boy and the superhero strength it takes to grow up.
"Isaiah's optimism, drive, and loyalty to friends and family make him a hero to cheer for." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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