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Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team (edition 2012)

by Audrey Vernick, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)

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Title:Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
Authors:Audrey Vernick
Other authors:Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
Info:Clarion Books (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
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This story is about a group of twelve brothers who loved to play baseball. They spent all of their free time playing baseball. They loved it so much that they formed their own baseball team called the Accerras, their last name. They always had each others back no matter what. Some of the brothers even went into the military together. They played many games and won many championships and awards. They even had part of the Hall of Fame museum named after them many years after they stopped playing.
This book teaches children all about friendship and the importance of family. It shows the importance of having your own brothers back no matter what and to find what you have in common with your family. All of that forms a perfect friendship that literally last a lifetime. ( )
  hschmill22 | Oct 2, 2014 |
This is a fascinating story about the Acerras brothers -- a family of 12 boys who formed their own all-brother baseball team. This book would be great to recommend to kids who love baseball. It is a fascinating part of baseball history. What makes their story truly special though, is not their love for baseball, but their love for family. The illustrations have an old-fashioned look to them, which is perfect for this story set in the 30s and 40s. This book is a 2014-2015 Young Hoosier Book Award nominee. ( )
  stephanie.croaning | Sep 28, 2014 |
I loved reading that the Acerra brothers were the "longest-playing all-brother baseball team ever," and then turning to the author's note and finding out that "longest-playing" adjective was not just fluff, because there were TWENTY-NINE all-brother baseball teams in the history of the sport! Holy cow!

This is a great story to read just by itself, but for older readers there is also a lot to unpack and discuss: cultural eras, semi-professional sports history, impact of World War II, gender expectations...love the illustrations which take me back to the 60s/70s era easy readers that I grew up with. I did my usual casual post-non-fiction-picture-book noodling around online but couldn't find anything to critique about what facts were included or left out or how they were presented. In fact, one fact not in the book just impressed me even more: that several of the brothers turned down pro contracts or scholarships in order to keep the team together. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
I loved reading that the Acerra brothers were the "longest-playing all-brother baseball team ever," and then turning to the author's note and finding out that "longest-playing" adjective was not just fluff, because there were TWENTY-NINE all-brother baseball teams in the history of the sport! Holy cow!

This is a great story to read just by itself, but for older readers there is also a lot to unpack and discuss: cultural eras, semi-professional sports history, impact of World War II, gender expectations...love the illustrations which take me back to the 60s/70s era easy readers that I grew up with. I did my usual casual post-non-fiction-picture-book noodling around online but couldn't find anything to critique about what facts were included or left out or how they were presented. In fact, one fact not in the book just impressed me even more: that several of the brothers turned down pro contracts or scholarships in order to keep the team together. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
What an inspiring, fun book. ( )
  BevFuller | Apr 13, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547385579, Hardcover)

The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the
1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball
team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother
team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for
and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way
could stop them.


Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly
brought to life by Audrey Vernick’s expert storytelling and Steven Salerno’s stunning
vintage-style art.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:41 -0400)

Documents the story of the Baseball Hall of Fame honorees, tracing how the Acerra family of New Jersey formed their own semi-pro baseball team in the 1930s and became the longest-running all-brother team in history.

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