The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend
- By Sharon Robinson
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Ages: 9-12
- Grades: 4 -7
The Hero Next Door is the endearing story of a young fan who gets to know his sports idol. Written by Jackie Robinson’s daughter, this novel for young readers is the true story of the friendship that develops between an avid baseball fan and his hero.
Stephen Satlow is the eight-year-old fan. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is passionate about the Dodgers. When a rumor surfaces that an African American family is moving into the predominantly Jewish area, the news is received with bigotry by some in the neighborhood. The Satlow family refuses to engage in this, and word that a Dodgers player is going to rent the apartment upstairs in the new neighbors' house is what Stephen is most interested in.
Waiting to find out who it is is agony for Stephen, then once he knows, he has to wait for his idol Jackie Robinson to return from being on the road with the team before he can catch a glimpse of him.
Readers learn how Jackie Robinson and Stephen Satlow become friends, during a tumultuous time in the United States. Jackie Robinson becomes a mentor and teacher, not only of baseball but of Jim Crow laws and about the importance of choosing self control over anger.
Sharon Robinson's book addresses serious topics in an engaging way with a personal story that teaches the reader that getting to know people can be an antidote to prejudice.