Robinson, Sharon. The Hero Two Doors Down. Scholastic, 2016. $16.99. ISBN 9780545804516. 195 pages. Ages 8-13. P9Q7.
This story is based on the true story of a boy who became neighbors and friends with Jackie Robinson. In 1948 Brooklyn, Jackie Robinson is not only the first African American major league baseball player, but is also moving his family into an all-Jewish neighborhood–the first black family in the community. Some neighbors are against while others welcome the newcomers.
Steven Satlow is an impulsive 8 year old boy who gets into some trouble in the early pages of this book. A Dodgers fan, Steven is worried that his teacher will give the poor report of his behavior to his family. So, he reacts by pushing his teacher as if this is the answer to preventing the communication with home. When Steven finds out that his new neighbor is none other than Jackie Robinson, he is thrilled. Diversity and ‘change is inevitable,’ Steve’s dad would say. My students were enthralled with this story written by Robinson’s daughter.
February 2016 review by Penny McDermott.