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

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,179 ratings  ·  176 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 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
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 yo
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 on
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.
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!

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.
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.
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.
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
Erin *MinMex_Reads*
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm on a mission to read the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees and this is one for 2018-2019. There are strong themes of tolerance and I appreciate the introduction to both segregation and Jewish persecution for the target age group of this book. Personally, with zero interest in baseball, it didn't capture my interest as much as a fantasy book or even non-sport-related fiction. That being said, it has important messages of inter-racial tolerance during the pre-civil rights area. Jackie Robinson is a ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
First of all, this is a really cool story based on a true one: Jackie Robinson really did make friends with a young boy named Steven when he, his wife, and son moved into a predominately Jewish neighborhood during the early years of his career. Written by Jackie's daughter, Sharon, the book shows some really amazing interactions between the two unlikely friends and has a couple of really touching moments. I think upper-elementary and reluctant readers who enjoy baseball stories will really like ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
It would be so cool to live two doors down from my sports hero and then to become friends with his family would just be over the top awesome! Steve lives his dream of not just meeting Jackie Robinson but actually being friendly neighbors with the family! The story of their friendship is very nice, but honestly, I was waiting for some kind of conflict/problem to be solved. There were small problems in the story, like Steve having to control his temper or Steve wanting his father to keep a Christm ...more
This was an easy read, and I did enjoy learning a bit more about this friendship that the Robinsons had with a young boy that lived in their neighborhood. Kids who like baseball and historical fiction will probably find a lot to enjoy.

But this book was just not for me. The dialogue felt awkward and narrative didn't have much of an arc. The best part was the misunderstanding about the Christmas tree, but a lot of the rest of it just kind of meandered without much conflict or structure. And I'm s
Sunni Berbert
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good to use as a book to approach topic of discrimination and prejudice for young ages. Powerful messages put in a simple way. Interesting to read after the book “Mississippi Trail: 1955”. Compare and contrast the way each story is told and approached. Both take place around similar time period. MT takes place in the South and is told from a the perspective of a main character who is mainstream white. This book however takes place in the North and uses a less intense perspective to address the y ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Baseball fans will appreciate this fictionalized memoir written by Jackie Robinson's daughter, about Steven Satlow, Jackie Robinson's neighbor in Brooklyn in 1948. Steven and his dad were big Dodgers fans and were thrilled that such a famous and superb player befriended them. The two families became good friends, and Steven learned about more than baseball from the great player, he also learned about self-control and patience. One memorable day, Jackie Robinson even invited Steven's entire 4th g ...more
Ms. B
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Another Jackie Robinson story, this one is written by his daughter Sharon and tells the story of a special friendship between Jackie and Steve, the young boy who was neighbors with him during his 1948 season in Brooklyn. (view spoiler)
Those who are curious about what it might be like to live next door to a celebrity, fans of baseball or historical
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was searching for a good book about baseball at the library, when I came across this great book in the Card Catalog. I was hoping for an adult novel, but wound up with one of the best children's books I have ever read. It is a great story about prejudice and and how we can change it. The book instructs children about how to overcome hatred without getting to preachy about it. It is a very relevant tale that takes place in the 1950's. Now that I have read the children's version of it, I would l ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story about a boy and his incredible friendship with baseball legend Jackie Robinson. I think students would enjoy reading this somewhat true account of Steven satlow becoming friends with his famous neighbor. Isn't this something that we have all dreamt about at some point in our lives? As a teacher, I loved the deeper message of friendship across cultural and racial divides. I think this story would be a good starting point to talk about what was happening in our country at this moment in hi ...more
Stacy Stoker
This book was ok, but not really well written. As a teacher, I teach my kids to "show, not tell" when they are writing a story, but this book did a lot of telling without bringing me into the story. There were opportunities for the author to do that, but she missed them. The chapters at the end about sharing their religions were the best. I think this could have been a meaningful story, but it missed the mark. I also didn't like the introduction being about the death of Steve's father, but then ...more
Mrs. Hassig
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize until the epilogue that the author Sharon Robinson was Jackie's daughter!! I'm pretty clueless but I was so excited and I know my students (many have seen "42") would love to read this book! What an amazing human being and athlete Jackie Robinson was. The story succeeds in describing what a true "hero" looks like and acts like. So many of my students can't tell you who their heros are? But here is was a man that everyone could look up to! The world needs more people like Jackie ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
202 pages. This is a great story based on real events in Jackie Robinson's life. A Jewish family lives two doors down and a young boy becomes friends with Jackie and his family. It is a heartwarming story and provides interesting crossroads when Jackie gives his neighbors a Christmas tree, not knowing they are Jewish and do not celebrate the holiday. I think this book would help kids better understand how people of different races and religions can get along and become lifelong friends. Highly r ...more
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