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Waiting for Pumpsie



by
Barry Wittenstein
illustrated by
London Ladd

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Charlesbridge
Imprint
Charlesbridge
ISBN
9781580895453
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion
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This fictional account of the true story of Pumpsie Green's rise to the major leagues is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today. Author's note. Sources. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic paint with touches of colored pencil.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

3.1: points 0.5

Lexile

600L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Pumpsie Green (1933– ). Boston Red Sox. Baseball. History of baseball. African Americans. African American families. African American baseball players. Discrimination. Discrimination in sports. Twentieth-century history. Boston, Massachusetts.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

In 1959 Boston, a young African American baseball fan named Bernard anxiously waits for the Minor League player Pumpsie Green to join the Red Sox. It is the last team with an all-white lineup, but change is in the air. Bernard and his family continue to face racial discrimination from white fans and policemen at Fenway Park when they attend games. But after the boy and his family hear Pumpsie’s name announced on the radio, they later go to a game to root for the new player. This story is not so much about Pumpsie Green (who goes on to a short career with the Red Sox) as it is about a family longing for an end to segregation and discrimination. The joy that comes when they enjoy a small victory with their favorite team’s integration is palpable though subtle and is the real center of the narrative. The vibrant illustrations in acrylic paint complement and enhance the text, making readers feel a part of the tale. VERDICT This uplifting account of a family and the integration of Boston baseball will be inspiring to many youngsters.—Margaret Nunes, Gwinnett County Public Library, GA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In 1959 Boston, a young African American baseball fan named Bernard anxiously waits for the Minor League player Pumpsie Green to join the Red Sox. It is the last team with an all-white lineup, but change is in the air. Bernard and his family continue to face racial discrimination from white fans and policemen at Fenway Park when they attend games. But after the boy and his family hear Pumpsie’s name announced on the radio, they later go to a game to root for the new player. This story is not so much about Pumpsie Green (who goes on to a short career with the Red Sox) as it is about a family longing for an end to segregation and discrimination. The joy that comes when they enjoy a small victory with their favorite team’s integration is palpable though subtle and is the real center of the narrative. The vibrant illustrations in acrylic paint complement and enhance the text, making readers feel a part of the tale. VERDICT This uplifting account of a family and the integration of Boston baseball will be inspiring to many youngsters.—Margaret Nunes, Gwinnett County Public Library, GA

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