Athletes Who Made a Difference
From the Series Athletes Who Made a Difference
In an era of discrimination, Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s race barrier. Before Robinson took his place at first base, the majors discriminated against African-American athletes, denying them a chance to compete. Despite facing harassment from fans and other players, Robinson stayed focused on the game, becoming the MLB Rookie of the Year in 1947 and later a baseball legend. This graphic biography follows Robinson’s time on semi-pro teams, his days in the US military, and his history-making experience with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Graphic Novels, Nonfiction|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
Author: Blake Hoena
Blake Hoena has written more than one hundred books for children, including an original graphic novel series, Eek & Ack, and graphic novel retellings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Peter Pan. Blake lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and hundreds of comics.
Illustrator: David Shephard
David Shephard is an illustrator who lives in the UK.