I just heard from Candlewick Press that my next book, Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game, will be released on January 24, 2012. This is my first children’s book, and it’s illustrated by Mike Benny, an award-winning artist with the perfect touch to illustrate a baseball story.
Larry Doby was the first African American player in the American League; he joined the Cleveland Indians in 1947, just a few weeks after Jackie Robinson started the season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League. Doby endured all the same abuse as Robinson, but his story is known only by a handful of fans. His rookie season was a disappointment, but in 1948, he had a great year and led the Indians to the most recent World Series title. My book focuses on a single game in the World Series.
Anyway, it’s nice to have another book on its way. I can’t wait to finish the revisions on my next novel.