you never heard of sandy koufax

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! By Jonah Winter

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This book isn't just on this list because Sandy Koufax was a Jewish boy from Brooklyn, or because he experienced anti-Semitism, or because he refused to play ball on Yom Kippur. There's something more, a kind of sacredness in the story of a person who challenges--and allows--his body to do what it was made to do (even though he was "supposed to be a doctor or a lawyer"). It's also just an astoundingly pretty book.

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Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is most recently the author of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher (a picture book) and Penny Dreadful (a middle grade novel). She lives in Atlanta and online at www.laurelsnyder.com