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Growing Up Pedro: Candlewick Biographies: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues (Paperback)
"This engaging story follows Pedro Martinez from his humble roots in the Dominican Republic to the success that made him a Hall of Famer. Pedro's relationship with his brother takes center stage and paints a wonderful portrait of brotherly love."— Meghan G.
The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares's tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star. Before Pedro Martinez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. Pedro loved baseball more than anything, and his older brother Ramon was the best pitcher he'd ever seen. He'd dream of the day he and his brother could play together in the major leagues--and here, Matt Tavares tells the story of how that dream came true. In a fitting homage to a modern day baseball star, the acclaimed author-illustrator examines both Pedro Martinez's improbable rise to the top of his game and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers.
About the Author
Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Henry Aaron's Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, and Becoming Babe Ruth as well as Zachary's Ball, Oliver's Game, and Mudball. He is also the illustrator of Doreen Rappaport's Lady Liberty and Alicia Potter's Jubilee!, among others. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.