The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers (Paperback)

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The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers (Paperback)

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Lily has to do EVERYTHING. She bakes Daily Bread, minds her thumb-sucking little sister, hangs laundry on the roof, and keeps up with home chores her big sisters list. She even fetched a nurse from the Henry Street Settlement to save Mama and the new baby. Now the bossy public health nurse, who visits each day to attend to somber Mama and the bawling baby, sends Lily on errands throughout the Little Italy streets. Things turn around when Lillian Ward, the Henry Street Settlement head nurse, hears Lily's powerful voice, she invites Lily to sing in the Children's Choir. Lily sneaks to the choir and the forbidden play yard with tag-along Gigi on Wednesday afternoons. Her schemes unfold when she needs permission to sing with the choir at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game at Hilltop Park. The Yanks need a morale booster, and Lily and the choir may be the ticket to keep fans cheering and buying beer, Cracker Jack and ice cream. More trouble arises when a mean girl wants Lily's solo, and the "Black Hand" terrorizes the neighborhood.


Another excellent read. Great historical fiction should take the reader back in time and let the story unfold as if the reader is there, worrying about every challenge and sharing the joy of every success. It should be a vivid representation of the time, allowing the reader to learn just by enjoying the story.The characters should be as real as any normally flawed good or bad person might be.

As a homeschool father, I would put The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers into the hands of my children and teens. Just like the first book, The Heart of Bakers and Artists, the story depicts what it was like living through the time of the story while developing a great love of reading. The imagery of the story can so easily settle into the readers' DNA and become almost as real as any other memory.

Gary A Wilson, Author


In The Dreams Sluggers and Singers, nine-year-old Lily Taglia has a secret. The child of Italian immigrants, she's discovered a paradise in the lower east side tenements of 1911; a place where she can sing her heart out and her little sister Gigi can play in safety, the Henry Street Settlement. When the opportunity to perform with the chorus in public presents itself, Lily has to find a way to get her parents' permission and risks losing the dream of her lifetime.

As in its predecessor, The Heart of Bakers and Artists, the author uses rich description and well-researched details to bring the dangers and challenges of Lily's world on the lower east side to life. It is a story of hardships, hopes and growing up.

Jacqueline Goodwin, MFA Author


What do you sacrifice to follow your dream? That's the challenge Lily, a young girl growing up in New York's Lower East Side faces in The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers. The story is set in 1911, where being a child of a poor immigrant family makes it difficult to have a dream because it interferes with daily survival and her parents' expectations.

Today's young readers are offered the opportunity to step back in time and observe how difficult it was to grow up in an era that was common for young children to attend to school, while also having jobs and helping with family responsibilities. Despite a grueling schedule, Lily, and other children, have dreams and hopes, and they struggle to achieve them, despite the odds.

Pat Black-Gould PhD Clinical Psychologist


Antoinette Truglio Martin is a children’s book author, memorist, and blogger. Her popular children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was published by the Albert Whitman Company. The memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer (She Writes Press) chronicles her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient.  Becoming America’s Stories (Red Penguin Books), a Middle-Grade Historical Fiction series, debuted in 2020. The award-winning first book, The Heart of Bakers and Artists (formally titled Daily Bread), takes place in 1911 and follows nine-year-old Lily Taglia, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, coming of age in a crowded New York City Lower East Side tenement. The novel earned First Place in 2021 Purple Dragonfly’s Children’s Book Award in Historical Fiction and Moonbeam’s 2021 Children’s Book Award Gold in Pre Teen Historical Fiction. The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers (coming in the Fall of 2021) picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists leaves off. Lily, her family and friends reach for their dreams as new Americans. Be sure to read Becoming America’s Food Stories where there are always  good stories around good food.  Antoinette proudly holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University (2016). Be sure to browse her website and blog, Stories Served Around The Table at https://storiesserved.com/, and read about past and present family adventures, book happenings, and life musings.
Product Details ISBN: 9781637771570
ISBN-10: 1637771576
Publisher: Red Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 25th, 2021
Pages: 226
Language: English
Another excellent read. Great historical fiction should take the reader back in time and let the story unfold as if the reader is there, worrying about every challenge and sharing the joy of every success. It should be a vivid representation of the time, allowing the reader to learn just by enjoying the story.The characters should be as real as any normally flawed good or bad person might be.
As a homeschool father, I would put The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers into the hands of my children and teens. Just like the first book, The Heart of Bakers and Artists, the story depicts what it was like living through the time of the story while developing a great love of reading. The imagery of the story can so easily settle into the readers’ DNA and become almost as real as any other memory.
Gary A Wilson, Author

In The Dreams Sluggers and Singers, nine-year-old Lily Taglia has a secret. The child of Italian immigrants, she’s discovered a paradise in the lower east side tenements of 1911; a place where she can sing her heart out and her little sister Gigi can play in safety, the Henry Street Settlement. When the opportunity to perform with the chorus in public presents itself, Lily has to find a way to get her parents’ permission and risks losing the dream of her lifetime.
As in its predecessor, The Heart of Bakers and Artists, the author uses rich description and well-researched details to bring the dangers and challenges of Lily’s world on the lower east side to life. It is a story of hardships, hopes and growing up.
Jacqueline Goodwin, MFA Author

What do you sacrifice to follow your dream? That’s the challenge Lily, a young girl growing up in New York’s Lower East Side faces in The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers. The story is set in 1911, where being a child of a poor immigrant family makes it difficult to have a dream because it interferes with daily survival and her parents’ expectations.
Today’s young readers are offered the opportunity to step back in time and observe how difficult it was to grow up in an era that was common for young children to attend to school, while also having jobs and helping with family responsibilities. Despite a grueling schedule, Lily, and other children, have dreams and hopes, and they struggle to achieve them, despite the odds.
The author also introduces readers to the traditions and cultures of those who settle in New York’s melting pot. In addition, we learn how important social programs, such as the Henry Street Settlement, helped families in need during this era.
But this book is not only about life’s hardships. Readers can enjoy a Highlanders baseball game and sing along with a familiar tune.
Pat Black-Gould PhD Clinical Psychologist