'Teammates' by Peter Golenbock

A nonfiction book about baseball integration for young readers

Are you a baseball fan? If so, how much do you know about the famous Brooklyn Dodger who wore number 42 -- Jackie Robinson? Or the “Great Experiment” of 66 years ago? Back in the 1940s, Major League Baseball did not have the number of players from different races, cultures and countries as it does today.
 
TeammatesTeammates by Peter Golenbock tells the story of how Robinson was not only famous for his baseball vitality but also famous for integrating Major League Baseball. The book highlights the evils of segregation and Jim Crow laws, and shares how another teammate, “Pee Wee” Reese, took action against these abuses. He stood up for Robinson when others were not so brave to do so.
 
This is a quick nonfiction read, which you will want to finish before you put it down. It clearly explains what life was like for African Americans in the 1940s and serves as great preparation for anyone planning to see the movie 42, which is due to be released in the United States on Friday, April 12, 2013.