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The Matchbox Diary

The Matchbox Diary

(2013)
A Picture Book by

 
Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline tell a breathtaking immigration tale with appeal across generations.

"Pick whatever you like most. Then I'll tell you its story."
When a little girl visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home, she chooses an unusual object to learn about: an old cigar box. What she finds inside surprises her: a collection of matchboxes making up her great-grandfather's diary, harboring objects she can hold in her hand, each one evoking a memory. Together they tell of his journey from Italy to a new country, before he could read and write - the olive pit his mother gave him to suck on when there wasn't enough food; a bottle cap he saw on his way to the boat; a ticket still retaining the thrill of his first baseball game. With a narrative entirely in dialogue, Paul Fleischman makes immediate the two characters' foray into the past. With warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, Bagram Ibatoulline gives expressive life to their journey through time - and toward each other.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2016 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Matchbox Diary (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Paul Fleischman
ISBN: 0-606-39097-9 / 978-0-606-39097-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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August 2013 : UK Hardback
Title: The Matchbox Diary
Author(s): Paul Fleischman
ISBN: 1-4063-4377-3 / 978-1-4063-4377-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Walker
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March 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: The Matchbox Diary
Author(s): Paul Fleischman
ISBN: 0-7636-4601-6 / 978-0-7636-4601-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: The Matchbox Diary
Author(s): Paul Fleischman
ISBN: 0-7636-7638-1 / 978-0-7636-7638-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
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July 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: The Matchbox Diary
Author(s): Paul Fleischman
ISBN: 1-4063-5535-6 / 978-1-4063-5535-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Walker Books
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