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Blue Marlin Publications is proud to announce our latest book, Sofia's Stoop Story: 18th Street, Brooklyn available in a store near you!



Sofia's Stoop Story: 18th Street, Brooklyn

By Maria LaPlaca Bohrer
Illustrations by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

Harcover: 32 pages
List Price: $17.95
ISBN 978-0-9885295-2-6
(Ages 7 - 10+)
Publication Date: February 10, 2014

About the book
On a stoop in Brooklyn, in the 1960s, Uncle Frankie begins telling Sofia and her cousins a story about the day he met Carl Furillo.  Meanwhile, Sofia’s Nana is next door, preparing the Italian family’s Sunday dinner.  Nana calls Sofia and sends her on errands to buy cheese, bread, and cannoli.  Sofia returns to the stoop, only to discover that Uncle Frankie’s story is over, and it’s time to eat.  When Uncle Frankie realizes Sofia is upset because she only heard bits and pieces of his story, he shares his historic tale from beginning to end, and he gives her a keepsake that he’s saved since 1947.

Maria LaPlaca Bohrer’s story reveals the 1960s, Brooklyn landscape through her own memories of Sunday dialogues with her Nana, her Uncle Frankie, and local merchants.  She explores the warmth and consistency of intergenerational relationships in a typical, Italian-American family.

What people are saying
Kirkus Reviews: "A richly sentimental picture of a Sunday gathering from the author’s youth...the memories are as rich and savory as Nana’s homemade sauce.”

“Sit on the Brooklyn stoop with Sofia. Listen to and enjoy, as I did, the story of her uncle’s brush with history.”
--David A. Adler, author of the Cam Jansen Mysteries

"My father believed that baseball players belonged to the people. Now, thanks to Sofia's Stoop Story, Carl Furillo belongs to a new generation of fans."
--Carl Furillo, Jr.


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