Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick
The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team

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The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the 1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way could stop them.

Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly brought to life by Audrey Vernick’s expert storytelling and Steven Salerno’s stunning vintage-style art.


About Audrey Vernick

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AUDREY VERNICK is the author of several picture books, including So You Want to Be a Rock Star, Brothers at Bat, and Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten. She has received starred reviews from PW and SLJ. Audrey lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and one dog. HENRY COLE is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including the Katy Duck series, the popular (and often banned) And Tango Makes Three, and I Know a Wee Piggy, which received two starred reviews. Henry is also the author and illustrator of A Nest for Celeste.
Published April 3, 2012 by Clarion Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books.

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At a time when local baseball was part of the American landscape, one family fielded its own team.

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Publishers Weekly

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was a good player, but a terrible runner.” Vernick, who interviewed two of the brothers as part of her research, describes how one brother lost an eye when he was struck by a baseball and how six of the brothers served in WWII.

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The Wall Street Journal

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It's not love of baseball but love and field hockey that animate the hearts of the main characters in "The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas" (Peachtree, 32 pages, $16.95), Tony Wilson's droll picture book recasting of the old tale of how to distinguish a real princess from an ordinary girl.

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Though potentially a bit long for young readers, every bit of the story is important, as we see the family through childhood, injury, war and championships.

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Palatine Public Library

During the 1920s and 1930s, the twelve Acerra brothers formed the longest-playing all-brother baseball team in United States history.

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