The Home-Run King (Scraps of Time Series #4)

The Home-Run King (Scraps of Time Series #4)

by Patricia C. McKissack, Gordon C. James
     
 

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Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack's next story about one black family's history-perfect for Black History Month!

Brothers Tank and Jimbo Turner love sneaking into Nashville's Sulphur Dell Ballpark to watch the superstars of Negro League baseball. When Josh Gibson, the famous home-run hitter for the Homestead Grays, bunks at their house, the boys think

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Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack's next story about one black family's history-perfect for Black History Month!

Brothers Tank and Jimbo Turner love sneaking into Nashville's Sulphur Dell Ballpark to watch the superstars of Negro League baseball. When Josh Gibson, the famous home-run hitter for the Homestead Grays, bunks at their house, the boys think they're one step away from heaven. With warmth and humor, the fourth installment of Patricia C. McKissack's family saga brings to life an era of all-black baseball for readers who may not know that Major League teams were once restricted only to white players.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
In 1937 the Homestead Grays were playing for the championship of the National Negro Baseball League. As was the case, the players would stay with local families, since they were not welcome in facilities owned by the white businesses of the time. The story is the tale of how slugger Josh Gibson stays with the family of brothers James and Peter Turner. In the summer of 1937, the Turners host Gibson while the Grays play the Tennessee All-Stars. Having Gibson with them is like a dream come true, especially since the boys have been caught sneaking into the baseball game. They work off their debt cleaning up after the game and become friends with Apollo, the developmentally delayed young man who works for the owner of the field, Mr. Munday. Gibson talks with the boys about Satchel Paige, one of the best pitchers in the league. After the team leaves town, Peter decides to try Gibson's favorite Red Rooster Chew, which almost kills him. The boys play on their own baseball team, and after a particularly hard fought game, Josh Gibson returns with a special surprise for them. For fans of the sport, this is a sweet story that gives a sense of the National Negro Baseball League and a bit of the history of the best of the African-American players. McKissack's note at the end lets readers know how much of the story is true and how much is part of her "Scraps of Time" fictional family. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142414590
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/24/2009
Series:
Scraps of Time Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,154,602
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia C. McKissack lives in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Gordon C. James lives in Charlottesville, North Carolina.

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