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2009 Award
Testing the Ice, A True Story About Jackie Robinson
(By Sharon Robinson/ illus. by Kadir Nelson, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

Written by Jackie Robinson's daughter, this is a true story of the famous baseball player, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and won almost every award known, but despite his athletic prowess, surprisingly, he did not know how to swim. When his kids wanted to go skating on the lake behind their house, he had the courage to be the one to test the ice. Glorious illustrations add much to this lovely metaphor for the courage the beloved Jackie Robinson showed in his early years as the first African American to play in the Major League.  

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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