The Hero Two Doors Down (audiobook)
by Sharon Robinson
The Hero Two Doors Down is about a boy named Steve whose idol is Jackie Robinson. Steve lives on Tilden Street in Brooklyn during the 1940’s and 1950’s when Jackie played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. His neighborhood is mainly Jewish, and they are more accepting of black families since their relatives were persecuted during World War II, but Steve does get upset when he finds out that people still discriminate against Jackie and other ball players of color. When Steven finds out that his hero, Jackie Robinson, is moving into the house on his block, he is ecstatic. They form a friendship that helps Steven through some tough times in his life, and both are better because of it.
What I like about this book is the fact that it’s a true story. Steven actually existed and grew up with the author, Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. I think this makes him more human, rather than a dead baseball player. I also like that readers learn more about Judaism, Unicef, and racism and segregation in a way that makes sense.
What I didn’t like about this book was the way Robinson squeezed a lot of tougher topics into a short, lower level book. It is something that I appreciate, but also felt it was geared more towards older kids, but in a young kid’s voice. I felt like a lot of the dialogue was thought out in an adult way rather than a kid’s way. The definitions and descriptions were too “dictionary” and didn’t seem natural. It taught the reader more, but I didn’t feel like it was realistic language.
Book 68 of 2018