Sponsored Collection

Atlantic Books for the Holidays


Just Call Me Joe

by Frieda Wishinsky

0 ratings
0 of 5
comments: 0
reviews: 0
list price: $7.95
also available: eBook
published: 2003
View Excerpt
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
close this panel
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar nominee
  • Short-listed, CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
close this panel

The year is 1909 and Joseph has just immigrated to the United States from Russia. He thinks that life in New York City will be wonderful, but he has not bargained for the challenges of learning English and of resisting the pressures to skip school, steal and fight to earn a place among the boys in his neighbourhood. Just Call Me Joe presents a full picture of life in New York City for the working poor. Anna, Joe's older sister, struggles to cope with the terrible factory conditions of the time. Aunt Sophie must take in boarders to make ends meet. And Joseph must both accept change and remain true to himself in a new city with new challenges.

close this panel

A ball bounced hard into his chest. Startled, Joseph glared at the thin, tall boy with cropped black hair who had thrown the ball.

"Gimme that ball," the boy barked in English..Joseph didn't understand the boy's words, but from the boy's tone and sneer, Joseph knew he wasn't apologizing.

"Watch where you throw," said Joseph, throwing the boy back his ball.

"Watch where you sit, greenie," the boy snarled back, this time in Yiddish.

For a minute both boys stared at each other. Then Joseph's face broke out into a smile. "I am a greenie now," he told the boy, "but soon I'll be a regular American. I catch on to things fast."

close this panel

Buy this book at:

About the Author

Frieda Wishinsky

FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written many beloved and best-selling books for children. Her books have earned numerous accolades, including a nomination for the Governor General’s Award. She is the author of Where Are You, Bear?; You’re Mean, Lily Jean; and Each One Special, among others. Originally from New York, she now lives in Toronto.
Author profile page >

Other titles by Frieda Wishinsky

more >

User Activity

more >
Contacting facebook
Please wait...