|About the Book|
What Kathryn Stocketts book, The Help, did to expose racism in Mississippi in the 1960s, Charles Haighs gothic, coming-of-age, historical novel, The Dodger Fan & The Wolf Man...subtitled: Racism in the Deep South in the Year of Our LordMoreWhat Kathryn Stocketts book, The Help, did to expose racism in Mississippi in the 1960s, Charles Haighs gothic, coming-of-age, historical novel, The Dodger Fan & The Wolf Man...subtitled: Racism in the Deep South in the Year of Our Lord MCMLIV (1954) (As Seen Through the Eyes of an Eleven-Year-Old White Boy)...does for South Carolina in the early 1950s. Facing a unique challenge by a vicious, racist school bully to name his favorite baseball team...any team but the Brooklyn Dodgers, hes told...cause the Dodgers was the first team with a nigger player, Jackie Robinson!, young Elton Hayes has one weekend to decide to either stand up to racism and bullying by saying hes a Dodger fan and suffer a terrible lickin or, in his own mind, become a Wolf Man by naming another team to save his own sorry skin. Throughout the story, two powerful supernatural forces battle to sway him to do the right...or wrong...thing. For four searing days, Elton witnesses first hand the effects of racism and bullying at school, at home, and in the fictional town of Five Points. Listening to a Brooklyn Dodgers game for the first time, on his radio, he gains inspiration from Jackie Robinson, the first black player to play in the all-white Major Leagues. Now, on Monday morning, Elton faces a violent confrontation that will test his beliefs to their core and his strength to the limits of endurance. If only he can muster the courage to say five little words...I am a Dodger fan!