Robinson, Sharon The Hero Two Doors Down: A story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend, 308 pages. Scholastic Press, 2016. $17. Content: G.
Stephen, 8, is crazy about the Brooklyn Dodgers. When he learns that one of the team is renting a home down his street, he is just sure that it will be Jackie Robinson, his personal hero. Stephen and his family are Jewish and many others in the neighborhood are not really excited to have a black family in their neighborhood, but Stephen’s family makes sure to be welcoming, especially the moms of the families. Stephen gets his wish and he and Jackie do become friends, at one point causing some confusion about a Christmas tree.
Sharon Robinson was not born when her parents and older brother moved down the street from the Satlows, but she was raised watching the friendship continue between the two families. There is some baseball in the book, but not much story. While it is treated as historical fiction, I think it would have been more interesting as non-fiction.
EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher