Bound To Stay Bound

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 Hero two doors down
 Author: Robinson, Sharon

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 202 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 760016 ISBN: 9780545804516
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Robinson, Jackie, -- 1919-1972 -- Fiction
 Satlow, Steve -- Childhood and youth -- Fiction
 Baseball  -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Jews -- United States -- Fiction
 Race relations -- Fiction
 Prejudices -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Flatbush (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
 New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1898-1951 -- Fiction

Price: $20.88

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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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 179854
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 67449

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/15)
   School Library Journal (01/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 Gr 4–6—This stirring tale of interracial and intergenerational friendship is based on a true story. Steven Satlow was seven years old in 1948 when Jackie Robinson and his family moved into the predominately Jewish section of Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY. Steve idolized Jackie and couldn't believe that his hero lived just two houses away. Ever gracious, Jackie welcomed the young fan into his home and family. Steven learned many lessons about tolerance, conflict resolution, and self-esteem from the quiet man who broke the color barrier in professional baseball. Occasionally moralizing, with dialogue that is at times stilted, the lessons are unmistakably teaching moments. After Steve gets into a fight, Jackie counsels him, "Punching someone who has verbally attacked you will only make things worse…. If you can, take the high road next time." The author also occasionally slips modern slang ("awesome," "game on") into their conversations, which seems slightly out of place. These minor issues, however, do not detract from a wonderful friendship story that has valuable lessons for all readers. The author is Jackie Robinson's daughter, and she and the Robinson family have remained lifelong friends with the Satlows, a true example of how friendships can cross racial divides. VERDICT This should be a home run for baseball fans and anyone who loves an inspirational friendship story.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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