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My Name Is America: The Journal Of Biddy Owens, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948 Hardcover – April 1, 2001


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Gr 5 Up-Myers writes in the voice of the 17-year-old equipment manager for the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons baseball team. Through Biddy's journal, readers are introduced not only to the last great year of the Negro Leagues, but also to the institutional racism and blatant bigotry that existed in mid-20th-century America. The teen documents the action of the games, records the jokes and discussions that take place on the long bus rides to distant ball parks, complains about his younger sister, and writes about his hopes and desires for the future. A sometimes right fielder, he realizes that he will never be a great player and turns his dreams to attending college and becoming a journalist or sports writer. Intertwined with detailed descriptions of hits, runs, wins, and losses, Biddy describes his anger at not being served at a five-and-dime lunch counter and his yearning to stand up for his rights. Myers refers to actual players of the time: everyone talks about Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige; Willie Mays is a member of the Birmingham Black Barons; and Biddy meets Hank Aaron, who plays for the Indiana Clowns. A final section includes a fictional epilogue, a historical note, black-and-white photos, and information about the author. Direct readers who want more information to Patricia McKissack's Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball League (Scholastic, 1994).-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI

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Gr. 5-7. In this fictional journal, part of the My Name Is America series, 17-year-old Biddy Owens tells of his year as "equipment manager, scorekeeper, errand boy, and sometimes right fielder" for the Birmingham Black Barons. The year is 1948, the last year of the Negro Leagues, and the book offers not just one boy's experiences and growth but also an appreciation of the trials and triumphs of black ballplayers, particularly in the South. Biddy's episodic story takes readers from his home, where economic troubles strain relations, to the road, where a remark like "We don't serve no nigras here" is commonplace to the ballparks of America, in which the playing field is generally level (if a little rocky). The book has two other notable aspects. First, the writing is infused with a love of baseball that is never sappy. And second, this novel clearly portrays the ongoing racial prejudice of the era without making that the focus of the story. A very readable addition to the series. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: My Name Is America
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; First Printing edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439095034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439095037
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

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This book is a must for children who love baseball, but will be enjoyed by all.
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He also gets to play alongside some of the world's greatest players, including one who would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Willie Mays!
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He is willing to make the biggest sacrifice anyone can make for his country which is something only a true american patriot would do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
ATTENTION ALL BASEBALL BUFFS!:
If you're into baseball you should definitely read, The journal of Biddy Owens. This is a true story about a seventeen year old boy who lived in the 1940's, when there was segregation between blacks and whites. He was a huge fan of baseball and wanted more than anything to play in the major leagues. Since he was not quite good enough for the majors he became the equiptment manager for a black team called the Birmingham Black Barons. As the equipment manager he had a lot of stories to tell about what was happening on an d off the field As you read this story you get a feel for what it was like to be black and play baseball back then.
I recommend this book only to fans of the sport. The author spent the majority of the book focusing on the individual games not on relationships on and off the field. Personally, I would have liked more if the author told more about the main character's personal life and even some information on the other characters, too. I would have liked to get to know the characters better and how they were feeling and thinking. For people who want more than just the plot of every game, I wouldn't read this book if I were them. If you are just interested in reading about baseball games than this is the book for you. All in all, I would rate this book two stars out of five.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I give The Journal of Biddy Owens two stars. Although I am a big fan of Baseball I am not a big fan of this book. This book was kind of boring to me. It's about a 17 year old kid who loves baseball. He is the equipment manager for the Birmington Black Barons, one of the best teams in the Negro leagues. The main character , Biddy tells about his experiences traveling with the team and the prejudice they encounter. Although I enjoyed reading about their eperiences I wanted to know more. I think the author could have told more about Biddy's friends,his life in the neighborhood and his encounters with prejudice. I also think the author could have told more about characters and their relationships. This book kept me wanting more information,descriptions and details. To me this is not a must read book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Baseball fans I have the book for you.The title of the book is The Journal of Biddy Owens Biddy Owens is a seventeen year old boy who is equipptment manager for the Birmingham Black Barons.The Birmingham Black Barons are a Negro league team.The Negro league teams travel around alot because few of them have their own field. Biddy would travel with the team and write about his experiences. HIs parents didn't actually approve of Biddy working for the team because they thought the more he traveled the more it endangered their family. He kept on traveling though because he loved baseball, he loved watching it and he loved playing it. I really liked that the author talked a lot about baseball in 1948 and only a little about what else was going on during that time. I would ratehre just hear about baseball and not so much about how cruel and mean people were to blacks. That doesn't keeep my interest as much as reading about baseball does. For those of you who want a story rich with history and relationships I would not recommend you read this, but...for baseball fans this is a must read book. I give it 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DonKing on February 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book makes you want to play a game of baseball with friends!

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I chose to read Biddy Owens by Walter Dean Myers because I thought it would be fun and interesting to read. The cover of this book looked like the best biography out there. After reading this book, I felt like playing a good game of baseball because this story described the game like no other! This story was in a way what I expected it to be, but in a way wasn't what I had bargained for. It was what I thought it would be like because it was jam packed with action about all the games Biddy Owens played. It was not what I thought it would be like however, because it also had details about their home life. I definitely don't feel the same about this book because I thought it was going to just be about baseball but it wasn't. It was also about how black people were discriminated in 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The main character of this biography's name is Biddy Owens. He is at age 17 years old, 5 foot 10 inches tall but only weighs 135 pounds when this story takes place. He is an equipment manager, a scorekeeper, an errand boy, and sometimes right fielder. This book takes place in 1948 Birmingham, Alabama. This story is about Biddy Owens and when he played for the Black Barons. It is also about his home life. This is a biography written in first person by Walter Dean Myers.

I liked this book because it had two parts to it, it described baseball back then but it also described black discrimination and home life back then, and I like that because it came from Biddy Owens that had experienced both of those.

I liked this book a lot! And I would definitely recommend it to a friend. I think this book would be appropriate for anybody at the age of 10 or up.

I would give this book a four-star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Read a homerun hitting book about baseball. It is the Negro Leagues and it is the journal of Biddy Owens. It is about a 17 year old boy that is the team equipment manager of the Birmingham Black Barons. He sometimes gets to play right field and hit the ball too. He goes from city to city with the team to baseball games.

The conflict is that the Blacks have to play baseball in their own league and in some cities they go to they can't go into certain bathrooms, they can't go into certain stores, and they can't even drink out of certain water fountains. Later in the book the white people realize that black people can do things just as well as white people can, so the white leagues draft some black people into their league to play in the major leagues with the white people.

I would recommend people that enjoy baseball read this book because you could read a lot about the history of baseball and how different it was in 1948 compared to how it is now. You could learn about how the leagues were separated and how they come together to form one league.
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