The Brooklyn Nine

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1845: Felix Schneider, an immigrant from Germany, cheers the New York Knickerbockers as they play Three-Out, All-Out.

1908: Walter Snider, batboy for the Brooklyn Superbas, arranges a team tryout for a black pitcher by pretending he is Cuban.

1945: Kat Snider of Brooklyn plays for the Grand Rapids Chicks in the All-American Girls Baseball ...

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1845: Felix Schneider, an immigrant from Germany, cheers the New York Knickerbockers as they play Three-Out, All-Out.

1908: Walter Snider, batboy for the Brooklyn Superbas, arranges a team tryout for a black pitcher by pretending he is Cuban.

1945: Kat Snider of Brooklyn plays for the Grand Rapids Chicks in the All-American Girls Baseball League.

1981: Michael Flint fi nds himself pitching a perfect game during the Little League season at Prospect Park.

And there are fi ve more Schneiders to meet.

In nine innings, this novel tells the stories of nine successive Schneider kids and their connection to Brooklyn and baseball. As in all family histories and all baseball games, there is glory and heartache, triumph and sacrifi ce. And it ain?t over till it?s over.

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The love of baseball links nine generations of the Schneider/Snider/Flint family in this story collection that tracks the national pastime from the 1840s to the present day. It's an ambitious work of research, weaving authentic details about the evolution of the sport into stories about nine fictional young people with baseball in their DNA. Louis Schneider carries his father's treasured souvenir baseball into battle during the Civil War (Abner Doubleday makes a cameo), trading it for an original Louisville Slugger from a wounded rebel. The bat then plays a role in his son's misplaced worship of a fading legend. Another descendant has his illusions shattered when the hometown team is unmasked as racist. Girls are represented, too: one leaves Brooklyn to play for the Grand Rapids Chicks during World War II. These are not sports stories so much as historical fiction built around a theme, and though billed as a "novel in nine innings," there's no real narrative tension pulling the reader forward. But baseball fans will find satisfying glimpses of the game as it has been played in its various incarnations. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Partly a history of baseball and partly a history of a family, this book is told in a series of sections. Each focuses on a particular person in one family's generations, starting with ten-year-old Felix Schneider in 1845. Baseball was a different game in Felix's time than it is today, and the rules were changing. After witnessing a massive fire that destroyed large sections of Manhattan, Felix makes a baseball from what's left of the shoes he'd brought from Germany. He marks it with an "S" for Schneider. His son, Louis Schneider, takes up the story during the Civil War; he brought along his father's baseball for good luck. He is an underage soldier for the Brooklyn Fourteenth Army Brigade in Spotsylvania, Virginia, where he meets a newly blinded southern soldier about his own age. Louis trades his ball for the rebel soldier's beautifully crafted baseball bat. We also meet Arnold Schneider in 1894; Walter Snider (the name has been Americanized) in 1908; Frankie Snider in 1926; his daughter Kat, who plays professional ball during World War II; her son, Jimmy Flint, in 1957; Michael Flint, who pitches a perfect game in a 1981 Little League game; and, finally, Snider Flint in 2002. Although this is a fun read for baseball lovers, I was disappointed by the lack of in-depth discussion of both baseball history and general history for each era. I was also disappointed that Snider, when he finds the baseball marked with an "S," never makes the connection to his ancestor. The characters were very sketchily drawn. The baseball facts were interesting, especially those related to how the rules of the popular game have changed. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

In loosely connected chapters, Gratz examines how one Brooklyn family is affected by the game of baseball. Ten-year-old German immigrant Felix Schneider arrives in America in the mid-19th century and uses his speed to good advantage both on the ball field and as a runner delivering the goods his uncle, a cloth cutter, produces. His fortunes and his family's take a turn for the worse, however, when his legs are badly injured in the great Manhattan fire of 1845 (where he encounters volunteer firefighter Alexander Cartwright, the father of modern baseball). Subsequent "innings" deal with Felix's son, Louis, who has compassion for a Confederate soldier because of their shared love of baseball; Walter Snider, a Brooklyn Superbas batboy who secures a tryout for legendary Negro Leagues star Cyclone Joe Williams and discovers the ugliness of anti-Semitism and racial prejudice; and Jimmy Flint, a 10-year-old in 1957, who worries about the class bully, Sputnik, nuclear annihilation-and the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn. Curiously, the author passes over the team's glory years from the late 1940s to the mid-'50s. For the working-class Schneider/Snider family, baseball is an important part of their history, but it does little to mitigate the gritty reality of their lives. Economic uncertainty, prejudice, and the threat of violence are ever-present concerns, and the accurate, tough-minded depiction of these issues is the novel's greatest strength.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT

Kirkus Reviews
Nearly nine generations span the years from Alexander Cartwright's 1840s Knickerbocker Base Ball days to the present, and Gratz places a young character from a fictional family of Brooklynites in each, threading their stories together with the development of the American bat and ball game. Abner Doubleday makes a very brief appearance at a Union Army camp (even as the author discredits the myth that Doubleday founded modern baseball). An eager batboy from the Brooklyn Superbas persuades a talented Negro player to come to a tryout as an American Indian-and loses his love for his team when it's clear that no one on the team will give Cyclone "Smoky" Joe Williams (later described as the best pitcher in any league) a chance to play. John Kiernan, the legendary journalist and facts man, lends a hand to a young numbers runner following a Brooklyn Robins game in the 1930s. The fictional voice is sure and engaging, polished without being slick-an entertaining and compelling look at the deep roots of our national pastime. (author's notes) (Historical fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142415443
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 93,995
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a carefree but humid childhood, he attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing and later a Master's degree in English education. In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult building to middle schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, and lectured as a Czech university. Currently, Alan lives with his wife Wendi and daughter Jo in the high country of western North Carolina, where he enjoys reading, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, watching baseball.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Nine year old Brewers Fan recommends this book!

    Hello fellow readers I'm a 9 year old from Wisconsin, and I'm going to tell you about the book, The Brooklyn nine. If you want to learn about a little of baseball's history from the 1800's, to about right now this is the perfect book for you. It includes info on what the Brooklyn Dodgers were named before that. There are nine good interesting stories in this book. So come on baseball fans hurry on in to Barnes and Noble to get your copy of the Brooklyn nine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

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    Get a glimpse of baseball's history from one family's perspective!

    I found this book to be engrossing and fascinating. I wouldn't consider myself a baseball fan, but I couldn't put the book down. Beginning with morden baseball's creation as witnessed by a recent German immigrant, the story of baseball is intertwined with the story of the Schneider family. The accounts are well-told and cover captivating aspects of American history as well. I found it a little challenging for my 8th graders to read independently, however, I plan to teach it as a class novel in the near future.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Great Book for All Ages!

    I first bought this book as a Birthday gift for my niece (a Boston Red Sox fan!) and as always wanted to read it first to make sure it was something I thought she would enjoy. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. It's very well written, it has all the elements you want in a story. It made me smile, it brought back memories, it tugged at my heart and brought tears of joy and sadness in equal measure. It is truly a wonderful story that should be shared with families. It will make a good 'read aloud' story book for parents and a great book for young readers who may not always enjoy the task of reading. I would recommend this book ( and I have ) to teachers and friends.
    Thank you Alan Gratz for writing a great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Brooklyn Nine

    I have liked the book. I don't like how they switch characters as much as they do though. What i do like is how they played baseball back then it was different from how we play baseball. An example is back in inning one they said "so they bloody devil" which was telling them to hit him with them ball. I know that meant hit him because the next sentence was "the ball was zooming by his ear". That is why i like the book Brooklyn Nine

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