Brothers at Bat

Brothers at Bat

The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team

by Audrey Vernick
Publisher: Clarion Books
Hardcover, 40 pages
Current Retail Price: $17.99
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The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the 1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way could stop them.

Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly brought to life by Audrey Vernick’s expert storytelling and Steven Salerno’s stunning vintage-style art.


Employing descriptive, conversational language in a matter-of-fact tone that doesn't sentimentalize, Vernick tells of a remarkable family.Salerno's lively drawings complement the action, striking a balance between detail and expansiveness.

A family's love and devotion to each other and to the game of baseball, depicted lovingly. -Kirkus

This story of a real American family whose bond was the game is brought to vivid life through illustrations created with black crayon, gouache, watercolor, and pastel. The heavy crayon lines, a digitally enhanced palette alive with blues and greens, and beautifully designed pages capture the feel of this slice of American history. - Horn Book

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