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The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,712 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Stephen Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing-the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio. Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve.

But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving t
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of my reading themes this year is reading quality middle grade kids books. Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson is the fictionalized account of the friendship between her father Jackie and nine-year-old Stephen Satlow. We go back in time to 1948 Brooklyn where all the kids drank egg creams, played stickball, built model airplanes, and idolized their favorite players on the Brooklyn Dodgers. Stephen Satlow is enjoying one of these normal childhoods, although because his father works 6 1/2 days a ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had higher expectations for this book. There is no plot, just kind of some stuff that sort-of-ish maybe happened in real life. I thought maybe there would be some struggle to accept Jackie Robinson because of his race, but no conflict, no choices made. Which is fine, great for these people being so accepting, but makes for a boring book. All of the "life-lessons" are handed out by a lecturing adult, the child doesn't actually learn things for himself. There really isn't even enough historical ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I randomly chose The Hero Two Doors Down because the title caught my attention, and quite frankly, I could use a little baseball in my life right now.
Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson's daughter (this blew my mind), tells of the friendship between eight-year-old Stephen Satlow and Jackie Robinson the year that Robinson and his wife and son moves into the all-Jewish neighborhood where Stephen's family lives. Jackie is just starting his second season with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Stephen is a huge
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
While the adult in me was frustrated by the lack of plot (as another reviewer noted), I know kids (mostly boys, about age 7 to 10) will like this quick, based-in-real-life read. The author, Sharon Robinson, is the daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, and the book is based on the true friendship that her parents built with the Satlow family in the late 1940's. The afterward and acknowledgements are particularly touching: "Were you able to picture becoming friends with your hero? I wish tha ...more
A sweet story based on the true life friendship between a Jewish family in Brooklyn and their neighbors, the Robinsons. It talks about relationships with parents, the struggle kids have with emotions, all against the backdrop of growing up in Brooklyn as Dodgers fan in 1948. It also discusses discrimination (racial and religious) in terms elementary children can understand. I was so happy to hear Sharon Robinson (the author and Jackie Robinson's daughter) afterword talking about how the story wa ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jfic, jfic-historical
I have to admit to a certain bias with this book! As a lifelong Dodger fan and UCLA alumni, I was interested in this more intimate story about a special family friendship between the famous Jackie Robinson and a young fan. Sharon’s love and admiration for her parents, Jackie and Rachel shines brightly in this book. The book does get a little didactic from time to time.
Montserrat L
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book and it is really good I love it.
It is about a boy and a baseball legend that are friends, the boy is living in a place and then they move and they tell him that Jackie Robinson (his inspiration ) is living two doors down and they are friends and if you like this book you will like MY LIFE NEXT DOOR.

I recommend this book because is really good and it made me feel like you are exited for the kid... Or the kid basically.
It is similar to the one I told y
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Great story poorly executed. I was excited because my students read a Jackie Robinson book in tri 3 but I can only recommend this with reservations. It has a very "after school special" feel. The characters sound nothing like any person I know in their speech patterns. I will cautiously put it in my library and say, "You can enjoy reading this, but please don't write this way."

This seems to be a theme with sports books. Every young athlete I read about (it seems) is all "Golly gee, I only want t
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
1948 was a great year for many people, but it was especially great for the young Steven Satlow. Written by Sharon Robinson, The Hero Two Doors Down is about a boy who has an iconic neighbor. In this sports fiction book Steven gets to see his favorite player every day, Jackie Robinson. The book takes place in Brooklyn, New York. Every boy's dream is to meet their favorite player, and Steven gets to do that every day.

There were three main characters in the book: Steven, Steven”s father, and Jac
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book held so much promise. Sadly, it falls short of delivering any real impact to the reader—elementary-aged or adult. There isn’t any real plot, the characters are one-dimensional, and all the “lessons” one COULD glean from the story are merely lectures doled out by the adults in the book. It felt like a “Leave It To Beaver” episode, where everyone is happy and colorblind. The fact that Jackie Robinson was a black man living in a primarily white Jewish neighborhood was gloss ...more
Peggy A. Miller
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is for Baseball fans. A must for any child (or adult, tbh) who wants a good Jackie story! Great story of genuine love between families of different culture and race. This story serves as a reminder of looking beyond the differences and love people for who they are. This was a fun way to learn more about how Jackie Robinson was just as much a hero off the field as on it when he was in Brooklyn.
Kayla Smith
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t2
The hero two doors down is a cute book it is about this boy named Steve and he and his dad love baseball. When Jackie the first black man to be on a major league baseball team moves in two doors down from Steve he is thrilled. Steve has been getting into trouble at school but Jackie who has faced his own troubles being the first black man on a major league baseball team helps him learn how to be better in school and to use your words and not actions.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t1
in the book Stephen is the main character and he is eight years old he is from Brooklyn and he loves the dodgers he always is with his dad listening to the game or they get tickets and he loves Jackie Robinson so when Jackie move two doors down the hall he thought that they would be friends
Hunter Satterfield
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this to my boys. BL 5.0 and appropriate for all ages. I love baseball and Jackie Robinson is one of the 10 people I would have to dinner if I could. That being said, this wasn't a great book. It is a true story and written by Jackie's daughter, but the story likely isn't interesting to anyone that doesn't love Jackie. Good moral about friendship though.
Bonnie Frogma
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I work for Scholastic and I picked this up from the giveaway shelf at work. I actually grabbed it for a cousin whose kids are Jackie Robinson fans and then ended up reading half of it on the train on the way home and then curled up on the couch with it this morning to finish.

It is SO sweet!

Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one! Very good narration. I would read this one again. I enjoyed it even if some of the events were in different order or the characters were changed a little bit. A must read!
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great read aloud for me and the kids. We all enjoyed this story based on the real life friendship between Jackie Robinson's family and the family two doors down in Brooklyn during the Dodgers era.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very detailed. Recommend it to ANYBODY . AMAZING!😁
Andrew J
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book showed friend ship and acceptence. Jackie Robinson Taught Stephen how to controll his emotions.
Ryan Johnston
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I liked about this book is that it was about baseball and I love baseball. This book showed how bad and mean people were to different races a long time ago. Jackie Robinson was a hero to many and all he wanted to do was play baseball and he wouldn't let anything stop him. I also liked that Jackie made friends with a boy on his street and that would be really cool. He was a good role model for Steve and because of that he made better choices then the usual ones that got him into trouble.
Ryleigh Green
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trimester-2
I watched the movie to Jackie Robinsons and it didn't show any part of this in the movie. I liked this book because it was like behind the scene at Jackies house. it didn't show how there was a little jewish boy next door, it didn't show the fact that he was a super big fan of Jackie it didn't show any of that in the movie in, fact you barely saw Jacki joiner in the movie unless he was at home. this was just a good book and I highly recommend this book to read.
Amy Laymon
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute book for kids. I read it to my class this year and they really enjoyed it.
Reading is my Escape
I read this book to the students in my Sunshine State Club. It's the story of a boy (Stephen) living two doors down from his hero, Jackie Robinson in Brooklyn in the year 1948. The book was written by Sharon Robinson (Jackie's daughter) and is based on "the true story of a friendship between a boy and a baseball legend."

The kids loved the book and it was fun to discuss what it was like to live in the 1940's. It's hard for them to imagine life without a cell phone, let alone life where you can o
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This powerful story based on real events brings the legend of Jackie Robinson right into a Brooklyn neighborhood, just two houses away from Steve, a Dodgers fan. When a black family moves into their Jewish neighborhood, the neighbors aren't sure how they feel. No strangers to prejudice, the Jewish families decide to welcome the new comers, who will be renting their upstairs apartment to none other than Jackie Robinson! Through the friendship the develops between Jackie and Steve's families, it b ...more
Aaron Sauceda
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is really, REAlly, REALLY good. (I'm not even gonna bother typing the title of the story.) The relationship between Stephen Satlow and Jackie Robinson is probably the best friendship between a baseball legend and a normal 8-9 year old boy. I loved the fact that Stephen's family welcomes the Robinson's into their until then all-Jewish neighborhood. Jackie gives Stephen all kinds of gifts, like his baseball mitt, or his very first Christmas tree. A recommend this book to anyone who likes ...more
Alexa Lepe
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson is an amazing book. This book is really interesting because the book is written by Sharon Robinson which is Jackie Robinson's daughter. I really liked this book because it is based on a true story of a little boy who knew Jackie Robinson and his family. If you like baseball this is the book for you. I would personally give this book five stars. I recommend this book to all ages. It is kid friendly.
William D. Matthews
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book not only it is very sweet but because it is a true story and it is very heart warming although there is no plot and that is a big thing because I will not know the action point and the the default in the action.
Bailey S
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book 13/15 for 2017-2018 EBoB: I did not care for this book at all. To begin with, the story opens with the protagonist, Steven, looking back on old baseball memorabilia upon his father's death, and mentioning their rocky relationship. The book then transforms into a flashback of the time when Jackie Robinson moved onto Steven's street, and how he learned so many lessons from Jackie and they became lifelong friends. The relationship between Steven and his father never appeared strained, even tho ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Throughout this novel readers learn so much about what being a good friend is like. Steve and Jackie’s relationship continues to grow throughout the story! When reading this book, you will see how strong Jackie and Steve’s friendship grows and how they stick together when times get tough or even frustrating. Throughout this book Steve and Jackie face many problems dealing with prejudice and standing up for your rights. Jackie and Steve continue to grow as friends because they stick together when ...more
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