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Stealing Homeby Ellen Schwartz
Synopses & Reviews
It is 1947 and Yankee fever grips the Bronx. Nine-year-old Joey Sexton joins the neighborhood kids who flock to the park to team up and play. However, Joey is of mixed race and his skin is lighter than the other kids'. He is seldom picked.
When Joey's mother dies, he is sent to live with his mother's estranged family. Joey is whisked away to Brooklyn. Though it's just across town, it might as well be a different world. His grandfather, his aunt Frieda, and his ten-year-old cousin Roberta are not only white, they are Jewish. Joey knows nothing about Brooklyn or Judaism. The only thing that's constant is the baseball madness that grips the community. Only this time, the heroes aren't Joey's beloved Yankees. They are the Brooklyn Dodgers, especially Jackie Robinson, a man whose struggle to integrate baseball helped set the stage for black America's struggle for acceptance and civil rights.
Joey's story takes readers to a time when America's favorite pastime became a battleground for human rights.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
When his mother dies in 1947, ten-year-old Joey--an avid baseball fan who is half Jewish and half African-American--goes to live with his estranged relatives, where he tries to earn his grandfather's love but has a hard time feeling accepted.
About the Author
Ellen Schwartz is the author of nonfiction for teens and numerous works of fiction. With Tundra she has published I’m a Vegetarian and I Love Yoga, and is also well-known for her critically acclaimed Starshine series, and her picture book, Mr. Belinsky’s Bagels. Ellen Schwartz lives with her family in Burnaby, British Columbia.
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