Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds
Publication Date: January 2007
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Man on third. Two outs. The pitcher eyes the base runner, checks for the sign. The fans in the jammed stadium hold their breath. Flapping his outstretched arms like wings, number 42 leads off again. It is September 1955, game one of the World Series, the Yankees versus the Dodgers, and Jackie Robinson is about to do the unbelievable. Attempt to steal home. In a World Series game. To race a baseball thrown from the pitcher's mound and win! Is it possible? Yes, it is -- if you are Jackie Robinson!
Mike Wimmer has illustrated many books for children, including "Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth" by Robert Burleigh, which was named an ALA Notable Children's Book and was called a "grand slam" in a starred review in "Publisher's Weekly. "He also illustrated" Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh" by Robert Burleigh, which received the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction. He lives in Oklahoma with his family.