Study Guide

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Characters

By Bette Bao Lord

Shirley Temple Wong / Bandit / Sixth Cousin

Shirley starts out as a little kid in Chungking, China. There, she's one of the youngest members...

Mabel

Mother

Mama Wong is one fierce, well, mama. She is a bit of a worry wart about the small...

Father

Mr. Wong has a big dreamer, and he lives his fantasy. He's one of the only Wongs who's left China...

Emily Levy

Emily Levy is Shirley's BFF. She's a smart cookie who's considerate and kind. When Emily moves to...

Señora Rodriguez

This charming little old woman is the landlady for Shirley's apartment. Shirley has only seen her...

Mrs. Rappaport

Remember Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus? She's an inspirational and red-headed teacher,...

Fourth Cousin

Fourth Cousin Wong is Shirley's best bud and cousin in China. She's also like an older sister...