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Stealing Home

By: Ellen Schwartz

Sports

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?

Ages: 11+

224 pages

Tundra Books

Average Rating: (35 Ratings)

Submitted 3/3/2019 by soccerrocks

Love how he changes from Yankees to dodgers but I hate the dodgers I love how they mentioned civil rights

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!
Submitted 2/2/2019 by awesomeddolphin

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I know I already submitted a review for this book, but I read it 2 more times and could not stop thinking how amazing this book is. Kudos to Ellen Schwartz!

LOVE
Submitted 1/10/2019 by Nickname

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

EPIC YO

Awesome!
Submitted 1/6/2019 by Dolphin10

Read this book!!
Submitted 1/2/2019 by booklover100

I loved this book!

At first I didn't read this book because I thought it would be boring because it looked like the whole thing would be about baseball but I just read it recently and it's actually very good. Only some of it is about baseball but it is still really good

Excellent book
Submitted 10/4/2018 by zoegrace

Thumbs up!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

Stealing Home was without a doubt, the best PJ our way book I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joey's courage to fight back is very inspiring! And so is Bobbie's! They continue to fight back even though they know that they will be in trouble by their grandfather.

I would give this book ten stars if I could!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome!!!!!!
Submitted 10/3/2018 by harrypotter142

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book was the best!!!! If you like baseball this is the book for you!!!!!!

best book ever
Submitted 9/10/2018 by hebrewwhiz

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I read stealing home over and over truly awesome book

Submitted 8/4/2018 by PokieBoy

Thumbs up!

Scale from 1-100 I'd rate it a 83

BBE! (Best book EVER!)
Submitted 7/4/2018 by Lupin

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book is awesome! Way to go, Ellen Schwartz!

I thought this book was amazing
Submitted 6/8/2018 by PokieBoy

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I liked this book a lot is all I can say

Great book
Submitted 4/2/2018 by Lregev

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

The book was interesting because I learned that being friendless is not fun and that you should stand up for other friends who are being bullied.

awesome
Submitted 3/10/2018 by 4804243890

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

awesome

This is the best P.J Our Way book I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 3/9/2018 by awesomeddolphin

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Stealing Home is an amazing and emotional book! I felt Joey's feelings, and I just loved this book.

awesome book
Submitted 3/8/2018 by hebrewwhiz

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Loved it
Submitted 3/5/2018 by LittleRedFeather

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I love “Bobby” the Tom- boy

So So Good
Submitted 3/2/2018 by Goldenrule

I loved this book!

This book is so good. In the book, a kid called Joey, loses his parents. See lives with his moms friend, mrs.Webster. Now it is time, joey goes to live with his ancestors. He does not know how to fit in

Inspiring
Submitted 3/1/2018 by 2coolforschool

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is an inspiring story about a kid named Joey that doesn't really know where he belongs. After his mom dies, he learns something he would never think possible about his dad. This die hard Yankees fan moves into Brooklyn territory and learns about another part of his family that, not surprisingly, are baseball fans too. The Yankees-Brooklyn clash is a small part of the story that plays a big role in really creating the whole atmosphere of the story.

Back in his old neighborhood, he is teased for being too "white" in an all black community. In Brooklyn, he is bullied for being too "black" in an all white, Jewish community. Reading this book really help anybody understand the racial differences that happened back in the 1940s and how different things are now. This book is a true picture of friendship and an example of equality for everyone. Read this book- it is really good and teaches a really nice, not boring lesson.

Da best ever 🤗😸👍🏼👌🏼
Submitted 3/1/2018 by ement

Great Book Ahead!
Submitted 3/1/2018 by hexytexy

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is a great book for baseball fans! I loved it!

Submitted 1/9/2018 by est3000h

Submitted 1/7/2018 by mjbha

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

I wish pj our way would make one about the nationals.

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Submitted 1/5/2018 by BOOKBRAIN

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

decent book but i am a yankees and reds fan. chance of mets making world series -12584 chance of yankees making world series 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted 1/4/2018 by astrobot

Submitted 1/3/2018 by TARZANMAN

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

lets go new york yankees lets go cincinati reds !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The book isn't about the cover
Submitted 1/4/2017 by oriolesfan

This book was just OK

This book wasn't about baseball and it wasn't about being Jewish. It was about being either black or white. The story wasn't bad but the cover made me think it would be a lot different.

Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 8/8/2016 by Plasmabolt

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was really good!!!! I highly recommend it!!

Fanstastic plot!
Submitted 11/29/2015 by bookworm_right_here

I liked this book.

I'm a sucker for good historical fiction and this was no exception. It was sad, rough, funny, and touching. I learned what life was like for a half white half black. I learned the importance of getting along with family and I also learned not to sneak into baseball games.

Used it for a Report at School!
Submitted 11/4/2015 by JacobR

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

It was a good, short book.

If you like baseball, you'll love this book!
Submitted 3/11/2015 by ak2103

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I love that in this book, the kids are all nice and seem to like each other. The group often tried sneaking into baseball games, and eventually the main characters get to see a game.

Great book!
Submitted 3/3/2015 by warriordz

I loved this book!

Learn about racism and ineqality in the 1960s. When Joey becomes an orphan he is forced to move in with his other relatives. This book is about trying to fit in with them and having trouble doing it. But he loves baseball. Sometimes the baseball is affected by the racism in the area.

MUST READ BEST BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 2/1/2015 by zumba514

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Stealing Home was the best book I got from Pj library. This book is inspiring, active and a little sad at the end part which is good because I love sad stories. This book teaches us also about black and white it doesn't matter what color your skin is it's what matters what you are from the inside. This book is very detailed like when I was reading in my bed I felt like I was watching everything that was going on in the book. I recommend this book to 8 years and older but really this book is just so good read it as soon as possible no matter what age you are. Thank you Ellen Schwartz for writing the best book in the world!!!!!!!!

Submitted 2/1/2015 by FlyInH2O

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I thought alot about the diffrentince between black and white. It also taught history.

great book
Submitted 12/1/2014 by Noabrox

I loved this book!

This book is a great book. If you like a bit of baseball, a bit about Judaism, learning about racism, and friendship, then this book is for you. This is about a boy named Joey who is trying to enjoy life where he is the minority in a place with a lot of white people. Some people tease him (even adults), others bully him, and some are his friends. He learns about his Jewish heritage and that his family will always be there for him, even if he didn't know them. Enjoy your reading. :)

Joey has a lot to figure out
Submitted 12/1/2014 by Design Team

Reviewed by Hannah, age 9, IL
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.

Joey is a nine year old boy who is great at baseball. He is partially black and partially white. Joey is easily angered if someone calls him a name. Some people call him “white bread” and some call him “nigger”. He often gets in fights with people of the opposite color. The fights often happen around baseball. People exclude him because he isn’t the same color that they are. But throughout the book Joey awes people with his own baseball skills.

By the end of the book many things change in Joey’s life. His enemies learn to accept him and it is baseball that brings them together. Joey also learns how to manage his anger without hurting anybody. In addition, he and his Zayde build a strong relationship and Joey is happy that he has found his home.

I think that Ellen Schwartz did a great job explaining the struggles blacks had during the civil rights movement. One of the struggles is how the majority of blacks were not accepted by the whites. Another struggle is that white people often called black people mean and horrible names. I recommend this book to baseball fans and people interested in Civil Rights.

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Ellen Schwartz

Author of Jesse’s Star and Stealing Home

"As a child, I always had my nose in a book."

Ellen Schwartz’s two favorite books of all time are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth. Do you know what Ellen loved to do when she was your age (besides read)? She LOVED to dance! Before she was a writer, she taught elementary school kids, especially those who needed a bit of extra help. Ellen lives with her husband, Bill, in British Columbia, Canada.

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