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Hispanic insider illustrated novel is brilliant

There is Magic in the Streets -- Illustrated Novel is a Brilliant Story of Compassion in the Hispanic Inner City of America

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 15, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- One of the universal things of mankind is the spirit of compassion. What makes it magical is when you can find such emotion from the most unexpected people in the neighborhood. Author Nadel Harvey's The Magic Bridge is an illustrated novel of the human passion that can be found in unlikely places, with this story set in the corners of a Hispanic section.

The story takes place in the Kensington neighborhood, which is lost in the midst of the Philadelphia commercial districts in Pennsylvania. It is largely populated by the youth, mostly Hispanic. If you were Hispanic, probably everyone on the block would be a relative to some degree. However, bloodlines still leave room for many other differences that keep everyone a bit wary. The Magic Bridge is about the youth of Kensington, subject to diversity in racial and generational aspects. They grow up in search for an identity and purpose while battling for acceptance and esteem on a daily basis. But on the tough streets of life, when life really has you in a fix, help may suddenly - and magically - appear in the most unlikely places.

Visual and aural, The Magic Bridge is a captivating story about human compassion hidden in the unsuspecting shadows of street life. Author Nadel Harvey's tale and its illustrations capture the crisp detail, and even ambiance, of a typical Hispanic suburb in America.
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About the Author

Nadel Harvey is a civil engineer living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enjoys reading, playing the piano, and traveling with his wife, Diana, and two sons, Javier and Gabriel. He knows Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood very well, having worked there for over twenty years. Ellen Baer is an illustrator who teaches in Philadelphia public schools.

The Magic Bridge * By Nadel Harvey
Publication Date: September 13, 2004
Picture Book; $12.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4134-3075-2

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