42 is Not Just a Number

Genre: Nonfiction

42 is Not Just a NumberThe Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero

An eye-opening look at the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and became an American hero.Baseball, basketball, football—no matter the game, Jackie Robinson excelled. His talents would have easily landed another man a career in pro sports, but in America in the 1930s and ’40s, such opportunities were closed to athletes like Jackie for one reason: his skin was the wrong color. Settling for playing baseball in the Negro Leagues, Jackie chafed at the inability to prove himself where it mattered most: the major leagues. Then in 1946, Branch Rickey, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, decided he was going to break the “rules” of segregation: he recruited Jackie Robinson. Fiercely determined, Jackie faced cruel and sometimes violent hatred and discrimination, but he proved himself again and again, exhibiting courage, restraint, and a phenomenal ability to play the game. In this compelling biography, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport chronicles the extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson and how his achievements won over—and changed—a segregated nation.

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Run time: 2 hours
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Author
Doreen Rappaport

Biography:
Doreen Rappaport is the recipient of a Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work. Her books have been praised for both their careful research and their varied literary styles. Among the many titles to her name are a trilogy on African-American history, illustrated by Shane W. Evans; books on Native American history and women’s history; and many biographies, including Lady Liberty: A Biography, illustrated by Matt Tavares. Beyond Courage, her most ambitious project to date, took more than six years to research and write and presented her with the opportunity to speak directly with some of the survivors whose stories are told within. “How Jews organized themselves in order to survive and defy their enemy is an important but still neglected piece of history,” she says. “I present a sampling of actions, efforts, and heroism with the hope that I can play a role in helping to correct the damaging and persistent belief that Jews ‘went like sheep to the slaughter.’” Doreen Rappaport lives in upstate New York.
Narrator
JD Jackson

Biography:
JD Jackson is currently an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in Theater from Temple University and several TV and movie credits to his name including roles on House MD, ER, Law & Order, Third Watch, and a recurring role on Hack. He recently received an Audiophile Earphone Award for his work on Sharon Draper's Just Another Hero.
Narrator
Doreen Rappaport

Biography:
Doreen Rappaport is the recipient of a Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work. Her books have been praised for both their careful research and their varied literary styles. Among the many titles to her name are a trilogy on African-American history, illustrated by Shane W. Evans; books on Native American history and women’s history; and many biographies, including Lady Liberty: A Biography, illustrated by Matt Tavares. Beyond Courage, her most ambitious project to date, took more than six years to research and write and presented her with the opportunity to speak directly with some of the survivors whose stories are told within. “How Jews organized themselves in order to survive and defy their enemy is an important but still neglected piece of history,” she says. “I present a sampling of actions, efforts, and heroism with the hope that I can play a role in helping to correct the damaging and persistent belief that Jews ‘went like sheep to the slaughter.’” Doreen Rappaport lives in upstate New York.

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