The Brooklyn Nine

A Novel in Nine Innings

By Gratz, Alan

Publishers Summary:
Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they experience American life and play baseball.

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ISBN
978-0-80373-224-7
Publisher
Dial


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

Gr 7-10 In loosely connected chapters, Gratz examines how one Brooklyn family is affected by the game of baseball. Ten-year-old German immigrant Felix Schneider arrives in America in the mid-19th century and uses his speed to good advantage both on the ball field and as a runner delivering the goods his uncle, a cloth cutter, produces. His fortunes and his family's take a turn for the worse, however, when his legs are badly injured in the great Manhattan fire of 1845 (where he encounters volunteer firefighter Ale...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

After a pair of Horatio Wilkes mysteries (Something Rotten and Something Wicked), Gratz returns to the subject of his debut novel, Samurai Shortstop, with these interlinked short stories, offering snapshots of nine generations of a New York City family and their involvement with America's favorite pastime. German immigrant Felix Schneider watches the New York Knickerbockers play an early version of ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Interlinked short stories set between 1845 and 2002 offer snapshots of nine generations of a New York City family of Germ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings features nine consecutive generations of the Schneider family and spans the years 1845 to 2002. The characters are each so interesting that the reader experiences a sense of loss at the conclusion of every story, but there is satisfaction in seeing what happened to the previous character when the focus shifts to the next generation. For example, Walter, who threw away his Brooklyn Superbas baseball hat after the team refused to give a black player a fair tryout, grows up to be a policeman and a loving ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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