Baseball is a great escape, but can it solve your problems? Nine-year-old Joey Sexton has to grow up fast – his African American dad is gone, his Jewish mother just died, and now he has been sent to live with his mother’s family in Brooklyn. Joey’s zayde (grandfather) acts as though Joey can’t do anything right. Sure, Joey can play a mean game of baseball, but is that enough to impress the person whose affection he wants most?
Joey has a lot to figure out
It's New York in 1947 and Joey Sexton was frantic. Joey had never met his father and now his mother is dead. He got called by Miss MacNeill of the Orphans' Services for the Borough of the Bronx. He wanted to stay with old Miss Webster. Now he would have to live with his girl cousin, Aunt and Zayde who his mother had never mentioned. What if his Zayde didn't like him? What if his cousin was a girly girl? What if people called him bad black names? He had so many questions. One question really worried him: how would he, as a Yankees fan, live in Dodgers' territory? It was true that he was in awe of Jackie Robinson, but how could Joey survive the clothes, hats, signs and cheering from all the Dodgers fans? Moving to the Bronx makes Joey feel scared and insecure for so many reasons. All Joey wants is a place to call home. I recommend this book to baseball fans and people interested in Civil Rights