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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: New Readers Pr (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883362112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883362112
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,074,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Birthday Boy is the story of this black kid who never has a birthday since he was an abandoned baby and nobody knew his actual date of birth. He grows up poor but tough, becomes a prize fighter & I'm not going to tell you the whole story, but it's cool! They use this book in many reading programs becasue it's easy to read but is still a really good read. Hey, if this book don't make you cry, you've got no heart. I read the bad review this supposedly "handsome joe" guy gave it. I guess he didn't even realize it wasn't a book for children...He's from SLO town too, as am I and the guy who wrote Birthday Boy. My guess is he's somebody who doesn't like the author. Sounds like sour grapes to me. Anyhow, check this book out. You'll like it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Birthday Boy is a book that is short on pages but long on heart. It is used in many reading programs in the Bay area and is one of the tutors and adult students favorites. Somebody else reviewed this book and put it down, but they didn't realize, I guess, that is isn't a childrens book at all. This is an adult book that is easy to read but that nonetheless misses very little. We have many, many people in this area who when they read Birthday Boy...it was the very first book they had ever read, start to finish, in their entire lives. All of them loved it and were so proud that they had actually, finally read a whole book. I hate to see ignorant people put down this little gem. Birthday Boy is a beautiful story. I recommend it for anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm not a sports fan, I hate Ernest Hemingway, but Birthday Boy--which I read by happy accident--really moved me. Ogren can write like a piece of fine Chicago cutlery. His characters have heart and depth, his dialogue really sounds like the way they would talk. I saw by the cover that this book is for people who learn to read later in life. But I have to say, Birthday Boy is a little gem that any reader would enjoy--and go away richer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
I know this is one of those easy to read books for adults but nonetheless, it is still mighty good! A sweet, heartwarming story of a poor black kid who becomes a boxer and fights his way to a different life. I wish this book wasn't out of print because it's awfully good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Birthday Boy, another of the fine novellas from Thomas Ogren, is a book we use in all of our adult reading programs. Birthday Boy went through several printings and it is a shame it is no longer in print, as this book in particular has always been one of our most popular "easy to read" adult theme novels. Some other eviewer read it and missed the point, making me wonder about his smarts..or lack of them. Just because the book is not large, doesn't mean it is a childrens' book! Birthday Boy is most certainly NOT a kid's book. One of the reasons adults who are new readers enjoy this book, is that it is an adult story, about adults, and written for adults. What I like especially about Birthday Boy is that even though it is so very easy to read, the story itself is never childish. Actually, this is a very fine book and I would highly recommend it to anyone, new reader, or experienced.
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More About the Author

Bio: Tom Ogren, San Luis Obispo, California

Thomas Leo Ogren has an MS in Agriculture/Horticulture from Cal Poly University. All his graduate work was on plant flowering systems and allergies. He taught horticulture and landscape gardening for 20 years and had his own radio show, "Tom Ogren's Wild World of Plants," on Public Radio in Minnesota. He has owned two nurseries and also dairy farmed for 8 years.

Tom's writing has been published in magazines such as Landscape Architecture, Women's Day, Earth Island Journal, Alternative Medicine, New Scientist, American Rose, California Landscaping, Pacific Horticulture, Pacific Coast Nurseryman, Wild Ones Journal, Smart Money, The Utne Reader, Der Spiegel, Second Wind, Garden Design, and Garden Gate. His research and writing has been called bold, innovative, important, and revolutionary.

Allergy-Free Gardening was his 3rd published book, and Safe Sex in the Garden his 4th. Both of these books have been reviewed worldwide in hundreds of publications, from the London Times in England to the Jerusalem Post, in Israel.

The Chelsea Garden show in England did an award-winning exhibit based on his research. Tom has twice been a guest on the Bay Area TV show, Henry's Garden, and has appeared numerous times on HGTV's "Smart Solutions." His work has been the focus of TV documentaries made by Toronto's City TV, and by The Discovery Channel. His work was featured on the CBS Evening News and he was also interviewed on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and on NPR's All Things Considered.

The Garden Writers of America nominated Allergy-Free Gardening as "The Most Important New Garden Book of the Year."

Ten Speed Press published Tom's next book, Safe Sex in the Garden, in March of 2003. In spring of 2004 Time Warner Books published his book on Lawns.

Tom has been researching landscape plants and allergies for over twenty years. The Canadian and American Lung Associations, New Zealand Arborist Association, local asthma coalitions, and the USDA Urban Foresters now use his research on allergies. Tom can be reached through his own website at
http://www.allergyfree-gardening.com

Am pleased to add something new to this little bio! Ten Speed Press and Random House Publishers will be publishing my newest book, The Allergy Fighting Garden, on 2/17/15. This is the result of many years of further research into allergies and landscape plants. I've been busy since I last posted on here, a decade ago. I've done allergy-plant research and given talks all over New Zealand, the UK, on the Isle of Guernsey, in Israel, and from coast to coast across Canada. I even managed to get asked to write an op ed piece for the New York Times....please see: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/opinion/06ogren.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar

I recently contributed a chapter on allergy/asthma prevention through smarter landscaping, for a new public health textbook on nature and human health, to be published in 2015 by Oxford University Press.
I've also been working with the California Department of Public Health, helping to draft a new 7 Year Plan to combat asthma. My contributions all deal with urban forestry and allergy prevention.
I've also become part of a new nonprofit group that is advocating for the rights of people with allergies. Do check them out: www.safegardening.org

I'd also invite you to drop in on my own website, one I've had now (with no advertisements or pop ups ever) for almost 15 years now. It's a good way to contact me via email, and I do answer all email from readers. Please see: www.allergyfree-gardening.com
Thanks!