Growing Up Pedro

How the Martínez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues

Illustrator: Matt Tavares

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Candlewick Press

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Candlewick Biographies Series

Age 8+

Sporting Stories

“Masterfully depicts, with quick verse and beautiful illustrations, the world in which the two siblings came of age. . . . A wonderful introduction to a truly special player.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

Before Pedro Martínez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. Pedro loved baseball more than anything, and his older brother Ramon was the best pitcher he’d ever seen. He’d dream of the day he and his brother could play together in the major leagues — and here, Matt Tavares tells the story of how that dream came true.


Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Henry Aaron's Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, and Becoming Babe Ruth, as well as Zachary's Ball, Oliver's Game, Mudball and Crossing Niagara. He is the illustrator of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Over the River and Through the Wood, Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, Jubilee! by Alicia Potter, and Lighter than Air by Matthew Clark Smith. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.


International Latino Book Awards, Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book
Maine Library Association Lupine Award Honor Book
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