Inly to Host Book Launch Party for Shelley Sommer Celebrating the Publication of Hammerin' Hank Greenberg

You are invited to a Book Launch Party for Shelley Sommer, celebrating the publication of her newest title, Hammerin’
Hank Greenberg
on Sunday, March 6, 2011, from 3:00–5:00 pm at Inly School.

  • Shelley will read, and then sign books.
  • Books will be available for sale from Buttonwood Books & Toys.
  • Join in the fun: hot dogs, popcorn, baseball tickets, fun surprises.
  • This event is free and open to the public. Parents, children, and baseball fans are welcome.
  • RSVP by March 4 to Inly School at 781-545-5544 x456.
  • Click for directions to Inly School.

A Review of Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg:

“Greenberg grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in New York and went on to be a Hall-of-Fame first baseman and left fielder, playing most of his career with the Detroit Tigers. Along the way, he endured many anti-Semitic taunts from both fans and fellow players. When Jackie Robinson entered the league, he found a strong supporter in Greenberg.

Sommer presents a fast-moving, straightforward biography that takes Greenberg from his early days as an outstanding high-school athlete to his struggles to make it out of the minors and into the major leagues, to his service in World War II and his post-playing years as a baseball executive.

An excellent choice for kids who enjoy delving into baseball history.”

— from Booklist

Publication Information:

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg
Baseball Pioneer
by Shelley Sommer

Calkins Creek
136 pages
Black-and-white archival photographs
7.5 x 9.5 inches
Ages 10 and up
Hardcover with jacket

About the Author:
Shelley Sommer works at Inly School in Scituate, MA, where she is the director of the library and an upper school literature teacher. Before joining Inly in 2000, Shelley worked for 15 years as the director of public relations for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton and an M.A. in children’s literature from Simmons College. Shelley’s first biography for young readers, John F. Kennedy: His Life and Legacy, was published in 2005 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Every day Shelley inspires the Inly students and staff to read, by sharing her infectious love of books. You can find out how by reading her blog, Sommer Reading, at

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