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Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring biography of the sports and civil rights pioneer.

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At once a compelling biography and an insightful window onto the civil rights movement, this book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in sports and society in American history. The authors fill the pages with rich and revealing quotes, eye-opening reproductions of historical photographs and newspaper clippings, and helpful — if a bit surface-level — sidebars that introduce some of the complex political history that bled into Jack's life and work.

Jack Robinson's politics are, at times, complex and contradictory, and there are moments where more context and commentary could have helped younger readers make sense of the issues. Still, as an introduction to the life and times of a towering figure in sports and civil rights, Call Him Jack succeeds on nearly every level.

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