Jackie and Me

A Very Special Friendship

By Tania Grossinger; Charles George Esperanza (Illustrator)
(Sky Pony Press, Hardcover, 9781620876831, 32pp.)

Publication Date: April 2013

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Thirteen-year-old Tania Grossinger lives in the famous Grossinger hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains, but she doesn't feel like a "real" Grossinger; her cousins own the hotel, and Tania often feels like she doesn't belong. Lots of celebrities come to Grossinger's, but Tania just wants to meet one man: Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League baseball. When Jackie stays at Grossinger's on vacation, he hears that Tania is a terrific ping-pong player. Jackie invites the young girl to meet him for a game at four o-clock--but she doesn't believe he's serious and stays in her room to read. Soon the telephone rings; it's Jackie, wondering where Tania is When she dashes downstairs to the game room, the famous Dodgers star is waiting for Tania--and this is the beginning of an unlikely but very special friendship

Playing ping-pong, drinking soda, going on walks, and ice skating together, Tania learns some important--and simple--life lessons from Jackie. Tania Grossinger's charming true story will appeal to parents and children, girls and boys, avid baseball fans and people who have never seen a game. "Jackie and Me "offers a unique glimpse into icon Jackie Robinson's life off the field, told from a very special perspective: that of a friend.

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