The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings

By Alan Gratz
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Awards and Honors 2009 <i>Booklist</i> Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2009 <i>Booklilst</i> Top 10 Sports Books for Youth

The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings

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In 1845, Felix Schneider crafts a baseball from the burned remains of his leather shoes and vows to "find a way to get back in the game" after damaging his legs in a fire. His son, Louis, carries this baseball as a good luck charm throughout his service in the Civil War, then trades it for a Confederate soldier's homemade bat after the two bond over baseball. The bat will eventually be lost, but a love of baseball will connect nine consecutive generations of this Brooklyn family. Author notes.
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