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Keeping Score

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  703 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
Both Maggie Fortini and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Unlike Joey-Mick, Maggie doesn't play baseball—but at almost ten years old, she is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie can recite all the players' statistics and understands the subtleties of the game. Unfortunately, Jim Maine is a Giants fan, but it's Jim who tea ...more
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Published May 13th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published March 17th 2008)
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Dec 10, 2008 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My review is definitely biased, because I don't have the slightest interest in baseball, especially the intricacies of scoring baseball, and (sorry, sports fans among my friends) I get extremely impatient with people who care deeply about professional sports. So it's hard to know whether the meticulous detail about baseball is dull, or if that's just me. Leaving that aside, I didn't think this was nearly as polished as some of Park's other books, and it was especially lacking in characterization ...more
Steve Shilstone
Apr 03, 2015 Steve Shilstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Maggie-o was a 9 year old Dodger fan learning to keep score of a baseball game in 1951 Brooklyn, I was a 7 year old Dodger fan not quite ready to keep score of a baseball game in Denver. I did learn soon thereafter using pretty much the same symbols Maggie-o uses. This story's true baseball environment was for me a vivid trip down nostalgia lane.
Dec 06, 2009 Laela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie-O loves baseball even though she's a girl and can't play. She developes a friendship with the new fireman Jim who teaches Maggie how to score the games. Jim gets drafted into the Koren War and Maggie writes him all the time even after Jim stops writing her back. War is something Maggie can't wrap her mind around, not the why's and certainly not the people.

This is a touching story about dealing with War and how it effects people. Ms. Park puts you right in Brooklyn during the 50's. Maggie
Yahir Estrada
Sep 08, 2016 Yahir Estrada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but there were some holes. When Jim gets sick I think the author should have told us what exactly is wrong with Jim. Also, I liked how Linda Sue Park used the real box scores from the games that Maggie would listen to.
I picked this up because it's Linda Sue Park although I'm no baseball fiction fan. The first quarter of the book was baseball heavy but once Jim went to war in Korea, the story became more engaging for me. Maggie's thoughtful earnestness about baseball, her friendship with Jim and her projects (saving money for baseball tickets, her scoring notebooks, etc.) is endearing and heartfelt. Booktalk: Maggie loves baseball. She is a big fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Everyone in the neighborhood is. Well ...more
Linda Sue Park’s Keeping Score is about a nine-year-old die hard Brooklyn Dodger fan named Maggie during the 1950’s. She becomes fast friends with Jim a firefighter, even though he is a New York Giants fan. He teaches her how to track plays and keep score during games. Then Jim is suddenly drafted into the army and sent to Korea to fight in the Korean War. They write letters to each other and Maggie learns about Korea and Jim’s new life through his letters. Something happens to Jim and he stops ...more
AmyNikita ( A Magic World of Words)
I'm not a fan of baseball AT ALL (or any kind of sport for that matter). But this book wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Firstly, I did like Treecie. She was the only character I really liked, and I wish she'd had more "page" time. I liked and enjoyed reading about her interest in photography, and I really felt she was a great character.

The religious side of things I didn't agree it; mainly coz I'm not a Catholic, and the whole prayer story got a bit irritating sometimes because it wasn't w
Fred Kohn
Feb 25, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fred by: Laela
I was attracted to this book because it is historical fiction and has a war theme. About 20 pages in, I was ready to give up, because I am certainly not a big sports fan. Boy, am I glad I stuck with it! It seems to me that there is a spate of children's fiction about WWII that exaggerates the U.S. military's role as a force for good, and almost nothing about the many wars that we fought where our role as the good guys was less clear.
Aug 11, 2014 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keeping Score, the story of die-hard Dodger's fan Maggie-O and her friendship with fireman Jim, an avid Giants fan during the Korean War, is a great middle grade novel. However, I feel that a reader must have a grasp of baseball going into the novel. I love baseball, so the scoring and baseball terminology used in the story came easily to me. I understand, however, why readers who maybe didn't like baseball wouldn't like this story. A large part of the story revolves around baseball. There is al ...more
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Sung Kim
Aug 09, 2016 Sung Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the summer, I read an amazing book about American baseball in the 1950s. It was an episode about a story of a family who was a big fan of baseball. The author depicted American baseball games in the 1950s along with the reaction to the games of baseball fans. This also relates to the Korean War. One of the family members gets drafted to the War. When he said to the family to send letters to him often and especially write about baseball games, I noticed how Americans were into baseball. I ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family
You don't have to love baseball to love this book. Excellent read.
I call this a "coming of age" book in the best sense. Great descriptions of the struggle to understand yourself, your place in your family, and your community. I loved the sibling dynamics and the healthy emotional family relationships. Even the questions of faith were handled with honesty and respect. One of my favorite passages was when the girls are describing their sense of emotional pain and how adults sometimes dismiss and m
Corianne Rice
I really loved this book! My dad grew up in the Bronx around the same time, and was also a big baseball fan, so I thought a lot about him as I was reading it. I used to keep score at his softball games when I was younger, and did it at a Dodger game or 2. There are so many wonderful moments in this book, and the fact that it deals both with baseball and the Korean War make it poignant. I highly recommend it to high 3rd grade level to adults. In fact, my niece (5th grader) is reading it now, and ...more
While I enjoyed this book by the time I was done, I persevered through the first few chapters not sure that I was going to finish. The story really goes into depth in the beginning about the Brooklyn Dodgers and how to keep score when listening to a baseball game. Not being a baseball fan, that got a little boring for me, but I saw its importance to the story when I continued reading. Maggie-o had to establish the friendship with Jim in depth for the rest of the story to unfold. This book is his ...more
Jill Wolf
Apr 14, 2016 Jill Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical Fiction #5
This book is based around the time of the Korean War. Maggie lives in America, but one of the firehouse men that she is close to ends up leaving for the war and she is impacted by the traumatic experiences that the man has. Throughout the story, she follows the current baseball teams of the times and writes letters to Jim (the firehouse man) while he is away. In the end, Maggie gets hope when Jim is finally able to write a letter back to her; she finally feels that life may
Young Reader Reaction: Keeping Score is a poignant book emphasizing the strength of faith, whether it is rooting for a team or in prayer for another person. The character and plot development is astonishing. At first, readers see Maggie as an avid Dodger’s fan who adopts keeping score to prove that it is not merely a childish fascination. Later, she is a mature young lady who retains that optimism and the belief that every problem has a solution. She perseveres and has hope despite continual los ...more
Enjoyed listening to this audio book about a young girl who loves the Brooklyn Dodgers and learns to keep score for all the baseball games she listens to on the radio. (Great Brooklyn/Irish accents) Lots of real baseball detail and history of the great NY teams during the 50's, I think this will appeal to boys despite the girl main character. Major side story includes a firefighter friend who is drafted into the Korean War, and a fair amount of Catholic faith references (confession, novenas, etc ...more
May 29, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Maggie meets Jim at the firehouse where her father used to work before being injured. Maggie goes to the fire house often to listen to the Dodgers games on the radio with the guys, until they hire a new guy, Jim, who is an avid Giants fan. Jim shows Maggie show to score a game and she gets so good at it that she's able to add her own unique touch to her scorecards. Jim is sent off to fight in the Korean War and while Maggie gets letters from Jim for awhile, the letters suddenly stop. We find out ...more
Elizabeth K.
Jun 28, 2009 Elizabeth K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-new-reads
Yet another girls and baseball book, this one set in the 1950s, in Brooklyn, where Maggie hangs around the neighborhood fire station and listens to Dodgers games on the radio. One of the firemen teaches her how to score games ... and then he is drafted to Korea. Maggie writes to him when he is serving overseas, but soon stops receiving letters in reply. I liked this a lot, although Maggie is supposed to be nine and I'm not sure I believed that, the character seems more like 11 or 12 in a lot of ...more
Michele Maakestad
When I was much younger, my father taught me to keep score for baseball/softball. To this day, it is still my favorite way to enjoy the game. I've been teaching my daughter as we attend and watch baseball games around the country.

Keeping score is about a young girl named Maggie who lives in Brooklyn in the 1950's. She is a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, and listens to all the games on the radio, usually with the men from the local fire department where her father works. The men all treat her like their
Jul 06, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this book, one of the characters gets sick and Maggie is hoping and praying for him to get better. I've been thinking a lot about prayer and hope because our landlord just found out that he has colon/liver cancer. It has been a pretty bleak diagnosis...and I wonder how much to hope, how much to to believe in answers even if it isn't the one you want, and how to pray to God and accept his will, and yet not loose the hope that miracles can still happen. I like tha
Jul 26, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball fans, LSP fans, Historical Fiction, families
Recommended to Rachael by: Deliciously Clean Reads website
I found it hard to get into this at first, because the main character, Maggie, is so into baseball and I'm just not. But I really enjoy Linda Sue Park's work, so I stuck with it, and I'm glad I did. While there is a LOT of emphasis on Maggie's love of baseball, Park also explores deeper, more meaningful issues. When a friend of Maggie's is sent off to fight in Korea, she starts paying attention to what is happening in the rest of the world and finds herself asking questions she'd never before co ...more
Aug 23, 2010 M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie O. (named for Joe DiMaggio) lives in a Brooklyn neighborhood that is almost entirely composed of Dodger fans. Maggie and her brother Joey-Mick are fanatics. With the help of a friend of her dad, Maggie O. learns to score each game to include the intricacies of each play and she spends great amounts of time doing just that.

The book has two or possibly three plots--despite all Maggie O.'s hopes, prayers, and score sheets, the Dodgers don't win the pennant; her mentor in scoring is drafted,
Cassa M.
Mar 21, 2013 Cassa M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keeping Score
Linda Sue Park
203 pages

Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park is about a girl named Maggie who loves baseball. She always goes to the firehouse down the street from her house where her dad works to listen to the Dodgers game with the guys her dad works with. One day the firehouse gets a new firefighter named Jim and Jim and Maggie become really good friends. Jim teaches Maggie how to keep score of a baseball game. Maggie and Jim become really close and Maggie is devast
Kosei K.
Keeping Score
by Linda Sue Park

This book Keeping Score by Linda Sue park is about a girl named Maggie who loves the Brooklyn Dodgers (a baseball team). Maggie and her brother Joey-Mick were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Maggie doesn't play baseball like his brother but at almost ten years old, she is a huge fan of the Brooklyn dodgers. Maggie can recite all the players' statistics and understands the subtleties of the game. Jim Maine is a Giants fan, but it's Jim who te
Liz Hammet
Nov 13, 2012 Liz Hammet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a little girl named Maggie. Maggie is a 9-going on-10 girl, who is a huge New York Dodgers fan. She is also the daughter of Korean immigrants who live in Brooklyn. The story is set in Brooklyn between 1951 and 1955. Maggie’s dad is a fireman and Maggie often visits the firehouse. Whenever she is at the firehouse, they firemen watch the Dodgers games, and Maggie watches intently as well. Maggie becomes so involved with learning about the game of baseball. One of Maggie’s father ...more
3.5 stars
4.0 stars for baseball fans

Any true-blue sports fan, regardless of team affiliation, has experienced the joy and perhaps more likely, the extreme heartache that results from following your favorite team day in and day out. For those of us who follow historic teams that have suffered historic losing streaks and near misses (i.e. the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Red Sox until recently, etc.), most of us would probably agree that being a fan requires a special brand of dedication and resilienc
Amy Forrester
Jan 21, 2013 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie-O, named after baseball great Joe DiMaggio, is a devoted Brooklyn Dodgers fan. It’s the 1950’s and it seems like Maggie has been hoping and praying for the Dodgers to win the World Series for her entire life. But her devotion to baseball takes a new form when Jim, a new firefighter and a Giants fan, teaches Maggie how to score baseball games. Maggie’s world takes another unexpected turn when Jim is drafted into the Korean War. At first he replies to all of Maggie’s letters, but suddenly h ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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For the first half of this book, I thought the title referred specifically to the protagonist, Maggie, learning how to score a baseball game. It's 1951, Maggie is a huge Brooklyn Dodgers fan, and baseball is central to her life. She learns how to score a game when her dad's firehouse colleague teaches her.

I admit I find it frustrating that Maggie has no real desire to learn to play baseball herself. There is a brief mention of the strides that wome
Melissa Housholder
Maggie-O and her brother, Joey-Mick are huge Dodgers fans. They live in Brooklyn, home of the Dodgers and they listen to every game on the radio. Maggie spends most of her free time at the fire house where her dad used to work. She listens to the games with the guys there sometimes. One day a new guy starts working at the fire house, but he is a Giants fan. He and Maggie spark an immediate friendship and he teaches her how to keep score. She impresses everyone she meets with her amazing score ta ...more
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Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Park’s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.

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