42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero

42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero

by Doreen Rappaport


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An eye-opening look at the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and became an American hero.

Baseball, basketball, football — no matter the game, Jackie Robinson excelled. His talents would have easily landed another man a career in pro sports, but such opportunities were closed to athletes like Jackie for one reason: his skin was the wrong color. Settling for playing baseball in the Negro Leagues, Jackie chafed at the inability to prove himself where it mattered most: the major leagues. Then in 1946, Branch Rickey, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, recruited Jackie Robinson. Jackie faced cruel and sometimes violent hatred and discrimination, but he proved himself again and again, exhibiting courage, determination, restraint, and a phenomenal ability to play the game. In this compelling biography, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport chronicles the extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson and how his achievements won over — and changed — a segregated nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536206326
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 80,433
Product dimensions: 5.63(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport is the author of more than fifty books for children, including Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust; Lady Liberty: A Biography, illustrated by Matt Tavares; and Martin’s Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Doreen Rappaport lives in upstate New York.

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42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
This book is a historical narrative about the black man in the U.S. baseball major league who destroyed baseball segregation in the big leagues - Jackie Robinson. It breaks his life into a series of moments, which fill in, represent, and explain his life effectively. Usually, stories are told continually or aren’t split up into chapters with certain dates - so I found this book refreshing in said manner. The importance of number 42 is developed from the beginning and explained in a very satisfactory way at the end. That is not to say that this book covers all of his life (the story itself is only about 100 pages). Rather, its selection of moments was sometimes surprising but still enlightening, since there is more than baseball in this book. Ultimately, I thought the story was a neat one, worth telling. review by Jose C, age 16, Mensa San Francisco