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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,136 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Based on the true story of a boy in Brooklyn who became neighbors and friends with his hero, Jackie Robinson.

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 teach
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Brina
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
Amanda
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
Cammie
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
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Tina
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is a Middle Grade book that I read this book with my daughter for her monthly school family reading project we do together. I love the story so much. I think it shows that people can get along even if they are different. I think that the story was written so well that young children can understand the meaning of the story. I am so glad I read this book. (*)
Julie
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
heather
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
Joy
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.
Chanel
The Hero Two Doors Down is an engaging read about a young Jewish boy who befriended his baseball hero, Jackie Robinson.

With its 1948 Brooklyn setting, the author painted a wonderfully vivid picture of life during this timeframe - listening to baseball games on the radio, building model airplanes, going to the candy store to buy milkshakes. I loved the details and the rich history of this book, including how it tactfully addressed prejudice and inequality.

I also thought this book balanced humor a
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Montserrat L
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE HERO TWO DOORS DOWN
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
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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
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Kristin
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
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Seth
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
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~Bellegirl91~
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for a super short possibly 3 hour audiobook on Libby and found a couple and this one stood out to me and decided to give it a try. And I'm so glad I did! I don't know why, but near the beginning, I got a tiny bit teary eyed from a cherished memory I had when all I could think about was my 91 year old grandpa who passed away near the end of January of 2020 who was a Dodger's fan for YEARS and I could never put together how and why he became a Dodger's fan considering he was bo ...more
Sandy
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
Lisa
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
We listened to this on audiobook, and my 7yo and 4yo both enjoyed it. Our family watches a lot of baseball, so they’re pretty familiar with what watching a game is like, which helps. It’s a neat book because it was written by Jackie Robinson’s daughter, based on the true story of how Jackie Robinson’s family moved into a Jewish neighborhood and became friends with a boy and his family two doors down. It was a sweet story, and talked about the racism that Jackie faced, plus addressed some of the ...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.
Danette
Jul 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
We love the story of Jackie Robinson so I was excited to find this book written by his daughter Sharon. The book deals with prejudice, racism, and discrimination as we see Jackie and his young Jewish neighbor, Steve, develop a special friendship. Baseball fans will also enjoy this with many facts about the 1940s and 50's Brooklyn Dodgers.

Read to my children at lunch.

2022 A book about sports or an athlete
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Andrea
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this sweet story. It's like a dream come true, your baseball hero moves in next door and your families become friends. But the story also has such beautiful treatment of family dynamics, friendship, school troubles, plus discrimination, religious differences and war. Very well written and heartfelt. ...more
Kade
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. ...more
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!

Gina
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!
Stef
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. ...more
Shari
Olivia read on her own and rated it 3 stars, it was just so-so.
Natalie
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. ...more
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. ...more
Alice
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
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