Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares
How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues

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Oddly, the Red Sox’s long-awaited World Series victory in 2004 and Pedro’s dedication to improving conditions in his homeland are only mentioned in an author’s note. A warm portrait of a modern baseball icon.
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The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares’s tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martínez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star.

Before Pedro Martínez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. Pedro loved baseball more than anything, and his older brother Ramon was the best pitcher he’d ever seen. He’d dream of the day he and his brother could play together in the major leagues—and here, Matt Tavares tells the story of how that dream came true. In a fitting homage to a modern day baseball star, the acclaimed author-illustrator examines both Pedro Martínez’s improbable rise to the top of his game and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers.
 

About Matt Tavares

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Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Henry Aaron's Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, and Becoming Babe Ruth as well as Zachary's Ball, Oliver's Game, and Mudball. He is also the illustrator of Doreen Rappaport's Lady Liberty and Alicia Potter's Jubilee!, among others. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.
 
Published March 14, 2017 by Candlewick. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 16 2015

Oddly, the Red Sox’s long-awaited World Series victory in 2004 and Pedro’s dedication to improving conditions in his homeland are only mentioned in an author’s note. A warm portrait of a modern baseball icon.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 16 2015

Tavares’s luminous paintings pair with accessible prose arranged into verselike passages to create a vivid portrait of two contemporary athletes.

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