His earbuds are filled with opera,
His neighbors are druggies and the jobless,
Just like any middle-school boy, right?
Bart does love his mum and is sure that someday she’ll be able to keep a job so they can move out of their slum apartment… not so sure about keeping away from the bullies at school.
What advice would you give Bart as he searches for his long-gone dad?
Book info: The Ballad of a Broken Nose, by Arne Svingen, translated by Kari Dickson / Margaret K. McElderry Books, hardcover 2016, paperback 2017. [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
My book talk: Maybe 13-year-old Bart’s opera singing talent comes from the American father he’s never seen.
Who in his Norwegian town knew that John Jones was such a common name in the world?
Maybe his mom will finally keep a job so they can move out of the slum apartments.
Why is it so hard for her to stay sober?
Maybe learning to box will keep the bullies away or impress Ada.
What made her volunteer Bart to sing at the school show?
Maybe he’ll shake his stage fright… anything can happen, right?
Middle school years are different for each person, but this translated novel shows how common some things are.