The Brooklyn Nine
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
The book Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz is a fairly good book. While reading it the beginning can be a little confusing, because each “inning” is split into different people. The innings each have three chapters in them.
The first innings main character is Felix Schneider. He is a ten year old immigrant from Bremen, Germany. He calls himself the fastest boy in all of Brooklyn. One day after delivering his parcels he stumbled upon the New York Knickerbockers, the first baseball team to ever play t ...more
By: Alan Gratz
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan ...more