Henry Aaron's Dream (Paperback)

By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763658205, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 14, 2012

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Description

Matt Tavares hits one out of the park with this powerful tale of a kid from the segregated South who would become baseball's home-run king.

Before he was Hammerin' Hank, Henry Aaron was a young boy growing up in Mobile, Alabama, with what seemed like a foolhardy dream: to be a big-league baseball player. He didn't have a bat. He didn't have a ball. And there wasn't a single black ball player in the major leagues. But none of this could stop Henry Aaron. In a captivating biography of Henry Aaron's young life -- from his sandlot days through his time in the Negro Leagues to the day he played his first spring training game for the Braves -- Matt Tavares offers an inspiring homage to one of baseball's all-time greats.
Back matter includes an author's note, Henry Aaron's career statistics, and a bibliography.


About the Author

"When I set out to write about Henry Aaron, I expected to focus on his historic quest to break Major League Baseball's all-time home-run record. But in researching his life, I found that the most fascinating part of Henry Aaron's story took place before he ever set foot on a big-league baseball field -- back when he was a skinny kid who held his bat the wrong way; but who never gave up his dream, even when it seemed impossible." Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.
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