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The Brooklyn Nine

One family, nine generations. One city, nine innings of baseball.

1845: Felix Schneider, a 10-year-old immigrant from Germany, cheers the New York Knickerbockers as they play Three-Out, All-Out.

1864: Union soldier Louis Schneider plays baseball between battles in the Civil War.

1893: Arnold Schneider meets his hero King Kelly, one of professional baseball’s first big stars.

1908: Walter Snider, batboy for the Brooklyn Superbas, tries to sneak a black pitcher into the Majors by pretending he’s Native American.

1926: Numbers wiz Frankie Snider cons a con with the help of a fellow Brooklyn Robins fan.

1945: Kat Flint becomes a star for the Grand Rapids Chicks in the All-American Girls Baseball League.

1957: Ten-year-old Jimmy Flint thinks bullies and Sputnik are enough to worry about-until the Dodgers announce they’re leaving Brooklyn.

1981: Michael Flint finds himself pitching a perfect game during the Little League season at Prospect Park.

2002: Snider Flint tracks down the strange story of a bat that belonged to one of Brooklyn’s greatest baseball players.

Dial Books | March 2009 | Ages 8 to 12

Book Trailer


“Gratz builds this novel upon a clever enough conceit—nine stories (or innings), each following the successive generations in a single family, linked by baseball and Brooklyn—and executes it with polish and precision.”

—Ian Chipman, Booklist, Starred Review

“With an impressively cohesive mix of sports, historical fiction, and family history, Gratz has crafted a wonderful baseball book that is more than the sum of its parts.”

—The Horn Book

“The fictional voice is sure and engaging, polished without being slick—an entertaining and compelling look at the deep roots of our national pastime.”

—Kirkus Reviews


Booklist’s 2009 Top Ten Sports Books for Youth
Booklist’s 2009 Top Ten Historical Books for Youth
2009 Junior Library Guild Selection
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2009
Library Media Connection 2009 Editor’s Choice Award
2010 Kansas State Reading Circle Catalog – starred selection
2012-2013 North Carolina Battle of the Books List
2016-2017 North Carolina Battle of the Books List

2009 Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Award Nominee
2010 Michigan Thumbs Up! Book Award Nominee
2010-2011 North Carolina YA Book Award Nominee
2011 Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee
2011 Utah Beehive Award Nominee
2011-2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Nominee
2011-2012 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee
2012 New Jersey Garden State Book Award Nominee
2011-2012 Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Nominee
2012 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Nominee