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The Brooklyn Nine

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,158 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
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

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Dial Books (first published January 17th 2009)
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Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it
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
Mia Durham
Feb 01, 2017 Mia Durham rated it really liked it
I loved how this book went through generations after generations and it just seemed cool to me.
Marcos Rodriguez
Aug 28, 2013 Marcos Rodriguez added it
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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
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-life
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
Russ Bruxvoort
Jun 10, 2015 Russ Bruxvoort rated it really liked it
Historical fiction about nine generations of a family that loves baseball. This was a great way to learn about what was happening in the U.S. from 1845 to today. Immigration, the Civil War, a woman's baseball league, Internet research, and more are covered. I read it in two days and enjoyed each story and looked up more about several of them.
Feb 28, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: Since I'm not a baseball person I didn't hope to be impressed by this nine generation tale of Brooklyn and baseball, but Gratz makes fine use of the characters and time periods in this oddly compelling little book.
Jun 05, 2016 Vinnie added it
The Brooklyn Nine was a very scattered book in my opinion, but there was lots of suspense and kept you on the edge of your seat. My favorite part was finding out all the players. Overall, The Brooklyn Nine was an outstanding book and I absoulutley loved it.
Feb 23, 2017 Kyla rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of baseball, but the stories were actually pretty interesting. The only thing that took me by surprise was that it is really a series of 9 short stories that are only vaguely related.
Feb 05, 2017 Phillip rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-6-8, high-9-12
I would have liked Snider in the ninth inning to find the connection between the items in the box...
Leslie Fitzpatrick
Jun 14, 2013 Leslie Fitzpatrick rated it it was amazing
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Aug 23, 2016 Monoskoonkiana rated it liked it

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
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
Kay Mcgriff
Jul 23, 2011 Kay Mcgriff rated it liked it
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
Nov 04, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
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
Elena Mills
Feb 19, 2017 Elena Mills rated it it was amazing
I was fascinated by this book. It was incredibly creative, the way that Alan Gratz followed one family in different generations in nine different innings! I know nothing about baseball and this book still made sense to me, enough so that I really enjoyed it!
Sandra Stiles
Nov 11, 2009 Sandra Stiles rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
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
Cooper S
Jan 12, 2014 Cooper S rated it liked it
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
The Reading Countess
Feb 23, 2010 The Reading Countess rated it really liked it
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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
Joseph Luz
Dec 09, 2015 Joseph Luz rated it really liked it
This is a book that tells the stories of nine different kids and their passion for baseball, Nine innings in a game, 1 "Inning" Per kid Felix plays in 1854 and likes the New York Knickerbockers. Felix would go to watch the Knickerbockers just for the fun of it. He found them 1 day while he followed an oddly dressed man, By far this is my favorite story in the book. Louis is a soldier during the Civil War and plays ball when there isn't a battle happening, him and his friend Stuart are quite a bi ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Tami rated it liked it
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
Matt L.
Mar 28, 2011 Matt L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan O'beirne
Jan 24, 2012 Dan O'beirne rated it really liked it
"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
Barb Moore
Apr 12, 2009 Barb Moore rated it liked it
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Paige Y.
Nov 11, 2010 Paige Y. rated it really liked it
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
Cody Holly
Apr 03, 2014 Cody Holly rated it really liked it
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
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
May 02, 2010 Claire rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
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
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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
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