Testimonials


The story of Pumpsie Green’s rise to the major leagues is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today."

Junior Library Guild August 2016

Wittenstein is scrupulously accurate in his portrayal of time, place, baseball, and characters real and imagined, allowing Bernard to narrate in the language of the 1950s, speaking directly to readers in an earnest, joyous voice that resonates with emotion. Ladd’s wonderfully detailed acrylic-and–colored pencil illustrations powerfully and beautifully complement and enhance the events. The family glows with personality, and the baseball scenes are spot-on. Bernard is innocent, aware, and endlessly hopeful and will win readers hearts. A grand slam."

Kirkus Starred Review March 2017

Bernard’s conversational narration creates a warm bond with readers from the get-go, and although Wittenstein and Ladd never sugarcoat instances of racial prejudice, the story’s moments of triumph sound the loudest notes."

Publishers Weekly December 2016

Kids could easily get the impression that after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier it was smooth sailing for African-Americans in baseball. This book shoots down that myth elegantly and well."

Betsy Bird/School Library Journal May 2016

Jackie Robinson may have broken the color barrier in baseball, but that doesn’t mean that integration of the sport was easy. This fictionalized account of Boston Red Sox player Elijah Green shows just how difficult it was, and also how important."

Huffington Post/Brightly December 22, 2016

This book blew me away and that's rare, especially for a book about baseball. Barry Wittenstein tells this story with the perfect blend of suspense, grace, and love."

goodreads January 19, 2017

CBC chooses 'Pumpsie' as a February 2017 'Hot off the Press' selection!"

Children's Book Council February 2017