Luke Goes to Bat by Rachel Isadora

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Whenever the Dodgers play in Brooklyn, Luke goes up to his roof where he can see the lights of Ebbets Field and imagine each play in the game. Someday he wants to hit a homerun like his hero, Jackie Robinson. But the kids on Bedford Avenue won't let him play. "You're just a squirt," they tell him.

When he finally does get to play stickball with the others, he does so badly that he thinks they'll never let him play again. But then his grandma takes him to see Jackie in a real game, and Luke discovers that part of being a hero is never giving up, even when there are two strikes against you and the game seems out of reach.

Rachel Isadora offers up a touching salute to 1950s Brooklyn, baseball, and one of the most inspiring players ever to take the field.


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Published February 17, 2005 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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After the game, he’s up on the roof and imagines Jackie there, encouraging him to keep on trying.

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The tale takes a surreal twist when, on the rooftop later that evening, Luke discovers that game-winning ball—and sees Robinson himself, who counsels Luke to never give up.

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