When Jackie Robinson rents an apartment in Steve Satlow's predominately Jewish neighborhood, some of the neighbors are not happy. Steve, however, is thrilled, and since Robinson is doing a good job for the Dodgers, his family is grudgingly accepted. Steve makes friends with the young children, and gets to know his idol a little bit. Things are not always easy, but Steve and his family are supportive of the ball player and his young family, and Steve, as well as his neighbors, get good experience in finding out that people need to be judged on who they are, not what they look like.
This is based on Robinson's interviews with the real Steve Satlow, who was her father's neighbor before she was born, so this is a mostly true story. This is a little covered era in Civil Rights, and Robinson's story is a tremendously interesting one.
I also liked Robinson's Slam Dunk; she does a great sports novel!