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Birthday Boy Paperback – April 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: New Readers Pr (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883362112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883362112
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.4 x 0.2 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: #5,700,824 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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