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The Brooklyn Nine

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1845: Felix Schneider, an immigrant from Germany, cheers the New York Knickerbockers as they play Three-Out, All-Out. 1908: Walter Snider, batboy for the Brooklyn Superbas, arranges a team tryout for a black pitcher by pretending he is Cuban.

1945: Kat Snider of Brooklyn plays for the Grand Rapids Chicks in the All-American Girls Baseball League.

1981: Michael Flint fi nds h...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Dial (first published January 17th 2009)
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Felix plays in 1854 and likes the New York Knickerbockers. Louis is a soldier during the Civil War and plays ball between battles. Arnold is a fan in 1894 and gets to meet his favorite player. Walter is a batboy for the Brooklyn Superbas in 1908. Frankie does a little betting on the game in 1926. Kat, a girl, plays for the Grand Rapids Chicks in 1945. Jimmy can’t believe it when he finds out the Dodgers are leaving Brooklyn in 1957. Michael just might pitch a perfect game in 1981. Snider turns b...more
Karen Ball
This is definitely the most interesting historical fiction/sports combination I've read yet! Each "inning" is the story of one generation of a Brookyn family, and its connection to baseball and American history. Each inning has 3 short chapters, and Alan Gratz weaves in historically significant events, people and culture: immigration, the Civil War, segregation, prejudice, the Mafia, the All American Girls Baseball League during World War II, and Sputnik among them. Connecting all of them are th...more
Marcos Rodriguez
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This is definitely the most interesting historical fiction/ sports I have read yet. For nine generations, their Schneider family history has been wrapped up with baseball. In the first inning of the book its starts with a young boy from Germany named Felix. Felix moved to America to start his life over and make enough money to pay for his family to come to America and join him. He is a fabric runner for his uncle but he likes to play baseball more than anything. Felix was helping Mr. Cartwright...more
Cody Holly
The Brooklyn Nine goes through a series of nine different generations (generations of baseball that is). With a very creative plot, this book is overall very interesting and great. Ironically the whole book takes place in Brooklyn. For each generation there is a different character (so a total of nine main characters), but never once is a character forgotten. This book has more to offer than just simply baseball. At first it was a bit confusing, but when I read more I realized how awesome/creat...more
Cooper S
Alan Gratz book, The Brooklyn Nine, is a story told in nine innings about a boy named Felix Schneider who dreams of being the fastest base runner for the New York Knickerbockers baseball team. Felix makes his own baseball, which is passed down through the generations. His legs were hurt badly when he tried to run away from a burning building that had things inside it that exploded. He decides he will not let his injure keep him from his love of baseball. In the second inning the next generation...more
I thought that the Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz was amazing. The Brooklyn Nine is nine short stories that tell the story of a family legacy. It goes from generation to generation about how one family is related and also attached to baseball. I thought that there were plenty of good parts to cancel out the bad parts and make the book splendid. I thought that this book had great transitions to go from one story to the next by starting with a scene that shows you who the character is and what he is...more
Ryan Miller
The book I read was Brooklyn nine by Alan Gratz. The genre of this book was historical fiction. This book is nine different stories about one family who loves to play baseball. The format of the book is told into 9 different sections about each family member of that family's generation. The first kid of the family's generation is a kid named Felix Schneider who was a ten year old immigrant from Germany in the year of 1845 and then the book ends with a kid who's name is Snider flint and the year...more
The Brooklyn Nine follows the descendants of a German Jew named Felix Schneider and the development of our National Pastime. Felix lands in Brooklyn as a youth from Bremen - the fastest boy in Bremen, Germany- to work in the garment industry. The story then leads to his son who takes his love of baseball and the baseball his father made onto the battlefields of Northern Virginia. While serving with the Brooklyn 14th, the legendary Red Legged Devils, Louis meets the man erroneously charged with t...more
May 02, 2010 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 5th to 8th
Recommended to Claire by: Peggy
This is a lovely family story... part social history, part sports history, and a bit of ah ha as the reader watches generations of a baseball loving family grow up.
The first inning starts with a young German immigrant playing ball with the best shoes his father could send with his young son who he sent all alone to America to seek his fortune among relatives already in Brooklyn. We learn a bit of immigrant and New York history as this boy revels in the game he is about to love- and lose. The sec...more
Baseball runs deep in the Schneider/Flint blood. Nine generations deep in fact. Follow the family throughout the generations and watch as Brooklyn and baseball change, while their love of the game remains the same.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am NOT a fan of baseball, and usually read sports fiction grudgingly. I didn't have high expectations for this one, but it had been recommended to me, so I tried it. I love how the author weaves in real historical figures and events with the d...more
Brooklyn Nine
By: Alan Gratz

Mike Adler

This book is kinda confusing but if you keep reading it, it makes sense. this book is probably one of the best book I have read in a long time. Anyone would like this book but its pushed more towards people who want to learn about baseball or who play baseball. If you enjoy baseball or enjoy learning new things that you’ve never realized you wanted to study. I suggest this book for those people.

This book reminds me of my life because all 9 of the main char...more
Matt L.
Brooklyn Nine
By: Alan Gratz
The Brooklyn nine is about nine generations of the Schneider and two other last names because two were girls. This book really should me about old baseball history and a little about the families lives. I never knew that baseball went all the way back to the 1800s it was pretty cool. Even though it was called a different name I knew it was baseball. This book was also very sad at some points and some kept you at the edge of your seat the whole time.
No matter what...more
Dan O'beirne
"The Brooklyn Nine," by Alan M. Gratz is a connection between nine members of a multi-generation German immigrant family called the Schneiders and their relationship with America's national pastime of baseball from the 1840s to modern day. These young Schneiders fell in love with the sport that represents America and the freedom that has been promised in our land. The Schneider family has a past with making shoes for a living, and also has a proud military background that is related to the love...more
Sandra Stiles
This was an interesting book. The book is told as nine short stories that are loosely related. They are all tied together through the theme of baseball. The chapters are told as if they were innings in a baseball game. The first inning we are introduced to Felix Schneider playing ball with his friends. He had stowed away on a boat to New York and lives with his uncle. He considers himself the fastest runner in New York. After running errands for his uncle he stops to watch the Knickerbockers pla...more
Kay Mcgriff
Baseball fans will enjoy reading about the Schneider family. For nine generations, their history has been wrapped up with that of baseball. It begins with Felix Schneider, a German immigrant who cheers on the New York Knickerbockers as they play three-0ut, all-out. A tragic accident while fighting fires with Alexander Cartwright (the father of modern baseball) puts an end to some of his dreams, but leads to more. From generation to generation, baseball ties this family together. Louis Schneider...more
Paige Y.
The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings
Alan Gratz

It first must be understood that I don’t like baseball. Never have. Football, on the other hand I could watch 7 days a week. So when a baseball book made the North Carolina Battle of the Books list, I wasn’t thrilled, and I saved it until the next to last book to read. But then I heard Alan Gratz speak at the North Carolina School Library Media Association conference and was a little intrigued. So I started the book this morning with a somewhat...more
The Brooklyn Nine is sectioned into nine innings/stories, each of which is a succeeding generation in one family with the theme of each story centering around baseball. It is an intriguing structure for a novel and has some great possibilities.

The individual stories are each well-written with nicely drawn characters. I liked the stories/”innings” separately. The problem I have is that there is really no connection between the stories in plot or character content. The characters from the earlier...more
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I feel lucky that I have a job that justifies all the reading I do. I’m lucky that more often than not I enjoy what shows up in front of my eyes. In recent months however I have had the realization that with the excessive amount of books that pass my way I am diluting the satisfaction I feel with the reading experience overall. Less and less do I feel as I slide into the back cover, that intoxicating feeling of having played a part in an exceptional experience, leaving me a bit winded, a bit diz...more
I loved this book – it appeals to those who like historical fiction, sports fiction, families, adventure, war stories, biography, just about everything on the list. It lends itself to a lot of classroom activities.
1. What was the author’s purpose in writing Brooklyn Nine? Was there more than one purpose?
2. If you had written this book, would you have given it the title Brooklyn Nine? Can you tell this book is about baseball AND the history of a family AND rising to meet challenges? Can you come...more
Sep 14, 2009 Bullcitytaheel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th - 6th graders, esp. baseball fans; any age baseball nut
Found this book enjoyable and interesting. Nine short stories, each with 3 chapters, may appeal to those with shorter reading spans. Each story stands on its own, but there is a family thread that ties the book together well. The stories focus on various facets of Brooklyn baseball and its culture from 1845 through 2002 and (most? all?) feature protagonists around 11-12 years of age. Girls may enjoy the tales as much as sports-crazy boys; at least two stories feature strong girl protagonists - o...more
Kelly Thielen
A great story in a unique format. Alan Gratz tells the story of each of nine generations of the same family. In each story, the reader gets a glimpse of the history of the time, the history of baseball and how, no matter what the time or place, how baseball brings people together. I highly recommend this historical fiction piece to young adults.

Booktalk Notes: In 1845, when Felix Schneider immigrated from Germany to the United States looking for a better life for himself and his family, the stor...more
The Brooklyn Nine is the story of nine different generations of a family that loves baseball. Each of the children has a historical event or time period in history that evolves during their story.

There is a lot of baseball terminology, both current and past. It could be overwhelming for someone who didn't have a working knowledge of baseball. Some of the stories were very involved while others felt very short .
Courtney Burns
One of my favorite YA books so far this year.

It, like, hardly ever happens. The perfect game. A complete game pitched by on pitcher with no one reaching first base. Some of the best pitchers who have played the game never pitch a perfect game. But in 1981, when Michael Flint steps on the mound in the 9th inning with 2 out and a full count, he is just one pitch away from a perfect game. Then the catcher calls for a curveball—a pitch that, for Michael, is much more likely to bounce in the dirt tha...more
The Brooklyn Nine is a very well-crafted story about nine generations of the Schneider family, beginning with the story of Felix Schneider, a young German immigrant in New York in the 1840s and telling a story of a family member from each subsequent generation until present-day. While each story (or “inning”) can stand on its own as a short story presenting its own themes and issues related to the time-period, the history of America – in particular Brooklyn, New York – and the history of basebal...more
Justin Pokorny
The Brooklyn Nine Book Review
By- Alan Gratz

In this story they’re aren’t chapters, just sections. In one section there is a big disaster in the lower half of Manhattan, New York. Each section has a different main character. The sections are spread out by around 15 years the characters are all related, it goes from generation to generation. There are objects that get passed down and are a big part in all of their lives because they all loved baseball and or softball.

I thought that “The Brooklyn...more
This book has an interesting format, the author has written 9 stories (or innings) about life growing up in Brooklyn, and how baseball had effected the lives of the people living there. The story focus on successive generations in one family for over a century and a half. The story begins with a 10 year old boy, Felix Schneider, that is an immigrate from Germany to America in the mid-19th century. Felix is a fast runner on the Baseball field and uses his running talent to help the family earn mo...more
The author tells this story in 9 innings - each inning is broken into 3 chapters and covers a generation of one person from the Schneider family. The first inning takes place in 1845 and the final inning takes place in 2002 - covering almost the whole history of baseball. Each inning is like a short story. Wonderful characters and each character relates to another character in the story. The author notes at the end are very helpful...maybe I should have read them first??? This book touches on so...more
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Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and later, a Master's degree in English education.
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan...more
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