42 Is Not Just a Number

By Doreen Rappaport

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 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, recruited Jackie Robinson. Jackie faced cruel and sometimes violent hatred and discrimination, but he proved himself again and again, exhibiting courage, determination, 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.

  • 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Jack's first season as a Major League Baseball player. September 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Jack's first National League pennant win.
  • Candlewick has a solid reputation for publishing quality biographies and nonfiction.
  • Doreen Rappaport is a respected veteran writer of young nonfiction, and is best-known as the author of the powerful picture book biography, Martin's Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Doreen is often asked to speak about that book. This new biography makes a suitable and relevant complement, so we can expect her to make the most out of the opportunity to promote the two books together, especially when speaking to multiple age groups at a single venue.

About the author

Doreen Rappaport is the author of more than fifty books for children, including Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust; Lady Liberty: A Biography, illustrated by Matt Tavares; and Martin’s Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Doreen Rappaport lives in upstate New York.

ISBN: 9780763676247
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Dimensions: 139 x 209mm, 128pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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