The Ballad Of A Broken Nose

The Ballad of a Broken NoseThirteen-year-old Bart Norum has had a hard life. He lives in public housing with his alcoholic mother, his neighbors are drug addicts, and he doesn’t know who is father is. He takes up boxing so that he can protect himself, but his real love is opera. His friend Ada, who cannot keep a secret, lets his classmates and teacher know about his passion and they want him to sing in the class talent show. But Bart suffers from paralyzing stage fright. Bart is an optimist and he tells his story about bravery, fear, sports, and music in a funny and matter-of-fact style. An interesting note is that Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel is Bart’s idol. mjw
Title: The Ballad Of A Broken Nose
Author: Arne Svingen
: Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, New York
: 2016
Original Language
: Norwegian
: Kari Dickson
Original Title
: Sangen om en Brukkt Nese
Original Publisher
: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag
Original Copyright
: 2012
: 978-1-4814-1542-2
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 10-12
: Fiction
Book setting
: Norway
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
: 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award, Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s Best Young Adult Literature Prize
: Boxing, Bullies, Drugs, Friendship, Music, Opera, Talent shows

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