The Home-Run King by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Gordon C. James (Scraps of Time series: reprint. Puffin, 2009)

March 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

This is the fourth book in Patricia McKissack’s historical fiction series, Scraps of Time.  While scouting through Gee’s attic, the Webster cousins discover a baseball, from 1937, autographed by Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige, famous players from the National Negro Baseball League. It was given to Tank and Jimbo, Aunt Lilly Belle’s brothers. The boys are delighted when Josh Gibson rents a room in their parents home while his team,  the Homestead Grays, play in Tennessee, because hotels and restaurants will not serve African Americans.  The boys grow and learn much about idolization, teamwork and courage.  The plot moves smoothly and provides a purpose without being preachy.  Well done.  For grades 3-6.

YR Fiction, Recommended—Anne Beier  (HenHud)

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Alienated by Andrew Auseon and David O. Russel (Simon & Schuster, 2009) Nate The Great and theHungry Book Club by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat;, illustrated by Jody Wheeler (Delacorte Press, 2009)

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