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Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934

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Meet Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and other baseball heroes in this unique radio broadcast reenactment of a legendary All-Star Game, marking a pivotal time in sports history.

1934, Chicago. Come step back in time to witness the best of the best Negro League players take each other on in one of the most fascinating All-Star ballgames in American history.

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ebook, 112 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Cathy
This was a bit disappointing. I found it because the illustrator did another book that I read recently, and his work was wonderful again here. But the story was odd. The author decided to tell the story in rhyme and it seemed to miss his target audience because of it. The book appears to be an early reader by its length, but rhyme is meant to be read out loud. And it's kind of distracting to read so many long paragraphs of rhyme, it's one thing in a short picture book, but another in many long p ...more
Deb Tyo
Illustrations are great.

Concept of the book is great...Negro League second annual East-West Game told in nine innings. Interruptions of fan comments and radio commercials are interesting.

However, I found the rhyme difficult to read. I started reading the rhyme and found myself unable to concentrate on the story. Then I started reading the story and tried to forget the rhyme. It just didn't work for me as a reader. I couldn't get into the story and follow the play-by-play.

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Barbara
Baseball fans will relish every word on this book that describes the match between the East and West All-Stars of the Negro League in 1934. The graphite illustrations are filled with movement and show the athleticism and talent of these extraordinary players who were forced to play segregated baseball and never received the acclaim of their white counterparts. Many of the players will be familiar from Kadir Nelson's We Are the Ship, but all of them showed determination and a love for the game. T ...more
Teacher.
Apr 05, 2012 Teacher. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934 written by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated by Frank Morrison is also written in verse. This book features a hundred of pages of baseball narrative told from the point of view of a baseball announcer. Intermingled with the sports report are old-fashioned commercials and short fan interviews. The spirit of old fashioned baseball is very alive in this book, but the couplets are sometimes forced and distracting. While the verse may no ...more
Allisoon
Nov 11, 2012 Allisoon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concept of this book is interesting- a play by play of the 2nd negro-league all-star game. However, it is written in rhyming verse which makes it difficult to read, and distracts from the story. Some interesting components to the book- it cuts out to radio-adds, provides vignettes from fans in the crowd, and has beautiful illustration. This book also pales in comparison to "We are Ship" by Nelson which tells the story of Negro-league baseball for a similar aged audience. This book lacks the ...more
Ryan Miller
The illustrations are fantastic and the prose from spectators saves this book. Smith's choice to offer play-by-play of this historic game in poetry is distracting--the meter isn't consistent and some of the rhymes are forced. But the glimpse into attitudes and perspectives on African-American life in the 1930s makes this worth reading.
Emily Bayci
Reliving the Negro League All Star Game of 1934 with sketch illustrations and a radio broadcast format, told in rhyme with interruptions of commercials and fan conversations. An excellent depiction of the game and a lesser known piece of history although the book can get confusing at points. Gr. 3-6
Lindsay
Pretty clever way of presenting the game! Loved the commercial interludes and fan reactions.
Ann
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Brenda Kahn
Apr 02, 2012 Brenda Kahn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I appreciated the attempt, but it was tough going for nine whole innings. The rhymes didn't always flow for me.
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Charles R. Smith Jr. is an award-winning author, photographer, and poet with more than thirty books to his credit. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Award for illustration for his photographs accompanying the Langston Hughes poem "My People" and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his biography of Muhammad Ali, Twelve Rounds to Glory. He is the author of Rimshots, Hoop Kings, Hoop Queens, Tall Ta ...more
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