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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-

Format: Book on CD 2017
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Collection  Juvenile Audiovisual
Stephen Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing-the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio. Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve. But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood. It's 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it. Steve knows this is wrong. His hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball the year before. Then it happens-Steve's new neighbor is none other than Jackie Robinson Steve is beyond excited about living two doors down from the Robinson family. He can't wait to meet Jackie. This is going to be the best baseball season yet How many kids ever get to become friends with their hero?
Published Reviews
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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Additional Information
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.
African American baseball players -- Juvenile fiction.
Baseball players -- Juvenile fiction.
Discrimination in housing -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Christmas trees -- Juvenile fiction.
Prejudices -- Juvenile literature.
Baseball -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Jews -- United States -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Flatbush (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- Juvenile fiction.
United States -- Race relations -- Juvenile fiction.
Flatbush (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1898-1951 -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Old Saybrook, CT :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Pitts, Lisa Renee, narrator.
Ciulla, Chris Andrew, 1975- narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Chris Andrew Ciulla and Lisa Reneé Pitts.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
Description 3 audio discs (3 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781541417748
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