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The hero two doors down based on the true story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend

by Robinson, Sharon, 1950-

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Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited--and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship.
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Booklist Review: "Inspired by a true story, Robinson tells the tale of a young boy who was able to befriend his hero (and the author's father), Jackie Robinson. Steve Satlow is a huge Dodgers fan, so he is thrilled when he hears the news that a player will be moving in two doors down. He hopes that it's his favorite player, Jackie Robinson, and that maybe he can catch a glimpse of him. Steve gets more than he expected when Jackie befriends Steve and his family. While told in a simplistic storytelling style, this charming tale offers up good fodder for discussion about prejudice, discrimination, friendship, and family. Steve's friendship with Jackie gives readers a glimpse into the personal side of this famous baseball hero. A nice choice for libraries looking to expand their sports collection. Be sure to have additional titles about Jackie Robinson on hand as readers are sure to want to learn more.--Thompson, Sarah Bean Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Robinson takes a fictional approach to the subject of her famous father, Jackie Robinson. It unfolds in the voice of Steve Satlow, who was eight when the Robinsons moved onto his predominately Jewish street in Brooklyn in 1948 (Steve and his family also featured prominently in Robinson's 2010 picture book, Jackie's Gift). The story is relayed in flashback, triggered by 20-year-old Steve's discovery of a ticket stub from the '48 Brooklyn Dodgers' home opener in a box of "boyhood treasures" that his recently deceased father left him. Steve's impatience to meet his baseball idol and new neighbor (which finally takes place more than a third of the way in) grows repetitive, but the story's energy builds once Robinson is in the picture. Segues into political and humanitarian issues can get heavy-handed ("Prejudice," Steve's father explains, "is when you judge a person based on the color of their skin and not by their character"), but play-by-play baseball action will hold fans' attention, and Steve's struggle to curb his impulsiveness and fit in with his peers will register with many. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972 Juvenile fiction
Satlow, Steve Childhood and youth Juvenile fiction
Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972 Fiction
Satlow, Steve Childhood and youth Fiction
Baseball players Juvenile fiction
Discrimination in housing New York (State) New York Juvenile fiction
Friendship Juvenile fiction
Christmas trees Juvenile fiction
Baseball Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Jews United States Fiction
Race relations Fiction
Prejudices Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Flatbush (New York, N.Y.) History Juvenile fiction.
Flatbush (New York, N.Y.) History 20th century Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) History 1898-1951 Fiction.
Electronic books.
20th century
Publisher New York :Scholastic Inc.2016
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 640
Language English
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ISBN 9780545804530
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