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Children's LiteratureRecently orphaned, Joey Sexton has to move in with the grandfather, aunt, and cousin he has never met. Set during the time of Jackie Robinson, Joey is of a mixed race background and struggles to find a place in the world where neither race will accept him. When his social worker finds his next of kin, Joey moves to Dodger territory, resolving to stay true to his Yankees. His dark skin causes a lot of whispering in his new Jewish neighborhood, making Joey feel like he will never find a home. Joey is a realistic character, and many readers will relate to his struggles to fit in and build friendships. This book will also appeal to baseball lovers, as it takes place during a pivotal time in the history of the game. During such a time of harsh discriminations and mistreatment, baseball was something that everybody agreed on; it helped to bridge the gaps between people and cultures. Even if baseball is not of interest to the reader, the racial tension of the time alone will make this book a great read. 2006, Tundra Books, Ages 8 to 12.