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Hank Aaron : brave in every way
Golenbock, Peter, 1946-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unumbered) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
A biography of the Hall of Fame baseball player who broke Babe Ruth's career home run record.
Reading Level:
600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.8 0.5 47506.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.1 3 Quiz: 24647 Guided reading level: L.
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On April 8, 1974, America watched as Hank Aaron stepped up to the plate. The pitch was low and down the middle. Hank swung--and hit career home run number 715! With that hit, he surpassed Babe Ruth's legendary record and realized a lifelong dream.
Before blacks were allowed to play in the major leagues, Hank was determined that that was where he was going to play. When his success in the field triggered a deluge of hate mail, he refused to back down. This is the moving story of Hank Aaron's strength and perseverance--of how he became a great ballplayer and an inspiration to us all.

Author Notes

Peter Golenbock is a prolific sports journalist and author. He was born in New York City on July 19, 1946 and raised in Stamford, Connecticut.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1967 and the New York University School of Law in 1970.

While at Dartmouth, he began writing about sports for The Daily Dartmouth, which led to stints with the New York Times and the Boston Globe. It was also at Dartmouth where he became friends with Robert Ariel "Red" Rolfe, the former New York Yankees third baseman and the school's athletic director. Rolfe entertained him for hours with stories of the famous Yankees teams of the 1930's, which had a profound impact on Golenbock's unintended career path.

After graduating law school, he eventually landed a job in the legal department of Prentice-Hall Publishing. Surprisingly, he was able to convince the head of the trade book division to allow him to write about the Yankees. The resulting book, Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-64, became an instant bestseller, the first of many for Golenbock. Among his best-known works to follow include; The Bronx Zoo, Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Balls, with Graig Nettles, Bats, with Davey Johnson, Personal Fouls, a look at corruption in college basketball, and Teammates, a children's book about the relationship between Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.

His latest work is entitled Rage: The Legend of "Baseball Bill" Denehy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. This attractive addition to a growing list of illustrated sports biographies details the life of Hank Aaron, with emphasis on his run to break Babe Ruth's home-run record. The book traces Aaron's humble beginnings, enriched by his parents' encouragement. After Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, Aaron's dream of playing major-league baseball became a reality. Aaron's powerful hitting led him to set the goal of breaking Ruth's record, and when the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, he hit more homers than ever. But many people resented Aaron's attempt because of his color, and he began to get angry letters, even death threats. In 1973, the press began doing stories about the hate mail. In response, fans began sending Aaron encouraging letters, and by the time he broke the record, he had received almost a million letters of support. The uplifting text is matched by Lee's muscular artwork. Together, pictures and text capture the excitement, determination, and impressive victory of Aaron's accomplishment. Use this winning book as start for discussion about racism in America. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

This picture book biography of one of baseball's greats inspires as well as informs. Golenbock (Teammates) deftly winnows his material to suit his audience, keeping the story line focused and lean while allowing the theme perseverance in the face of obstacles to shine through. As the author tells it, Aaron is born during the Depression and grows up in a poor but loving family. His father teaches him "the joy of playing baseball in open grassy fields," while his mother stresses determination ("Set goals for yourself and don't let anyone stop you from achieving them"). Young Hank dreams of playing in the major leagues (which excluded black players until the year he turned 13). In time, his talent and drive take him to stardom with the Milwaukee Braves, where he sets a new goal for himself, to break the career home run record of Babe Ruth, "baseball's most beloved hero." Receiving hate mail and death threats, Aaron becomes even more determined, and breaks the record at the beginning of the 1974 season (with the now Atlanta-based Braves). Golenbock's prose is straightforward but full of drama and poignancy, qualities reflected in the quiet dignity of Lee's (The Good Luck Cat) spare, muted acrylic portraits, which transcend mere athleticism to capture the essential humanity of this compelling tale. Ages 6-9. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This richly illustrated biography tells the story of the Hall of Famer by placing him in the proper historical context and attempting to humanize him. Aaron, a southern country boy, followed his dreams under the strict, but loving guidance of his parents. Despite his mother's wish that he attend college, he took a job on a professional team and rose quickly to the top as a home-run hitter. However, with racial tensions at an all-time high in the United States, his journey was not without problems. Hate mail and threats began to chip away at his hopes for success, until Aaron's adoring fans helped keep his dream alive. What Golenbock does well is capture the feel of 1960s' America, swelling with civil-rights tension. He deftly tells the athlete's story and proves that his subject certainly was "brave in every way." At times the narrative is a bit slow and the style is dry. Still, this baseball giant is brought down to earth as readers learn of his humble past and his personal struggles. Lee's strong, full-page acrylic illustrations in rich tones and textures work well and give the story depth and intensity.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.