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Keeping Score

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  602 ratings  ·  153 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
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published March 17th 2008 by Clarion Books
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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
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.
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
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
Fred Kohn
Feb 25, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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
Miss Amanda
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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
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.
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

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 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
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
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 Musser
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
mitchell k dwyer
I love baseball. Love it in that geeky way that even most baseball fans don't love it. I keep score when I watch games in person or on television. When I travel to the continental United States I bring my scorebook with me in case I see a game. So when I heard that Newbery laureate Linda Sue Park wrote a book about keeping score, I knew I had to read it.

Maggie is an elementary-schooler who, like almost everyone in her neighborhood in the early 1950s, is a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. She spends afterno
Maggie Fortini,12, is a rabid baseball fan. She loves the Brooklyn Dodgers. It's the early 50's and every New Yorker roots for one of the city's teams...Dodgers, Giants, or Yankees. Maggie loves sitting with the neighborhood fireman as they listen to the games on radio. They're like family, especially Charky, the firehouse dog. All the firemen love the Dodgers, too...until Jim joins the house. He's a Giants fan!

But, Maggie and Jim form a bond as he teaches her how to keep score for the intricat
I absolutely loved this!

When we first meet Maggie, she is nine, living in Brooklyn with her firefighter father (though, no longer on active duty because of an accident), older brother and stay at home mother. Maggie, like most of Brooklyn, is a HUGE Dodgers fan. While she doesn't play, she never misses a game broadcast (she prefers radio to TV). Perhaps her favorite place to catch a game is down at the firehouse, with her dad's old colleagues and the house dog. When a new guy joins the force (a
Keeping Score is the very best kind of historical novel - one that first introduces kids to funny, dynamic characters they'll love and then brings in historical elements that are so much more meaningful as they affect the lives of those characters.

Ten-year-old Maggie Fortini loves the Brooklyn Dodgers. Loves them with a big, fat capital L. When Jim, a pal at her dad's firehouse, teaches her how to keep score, she finds a way to be an even better fan and believes she's helping the team when she k
With overtones of ‘In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson’, Park’s story focuses on the Brooklyn Dodgers of the early 1950s with the main character, Maggie, among their most ardent fans. Maggie spends considerable time with the firemen at the local firehouse where her father once worked. She sits with the firemen and Charcoal, the firehouse Labrador, and listens fervently to the games on the radio. A new fireman, Jim, a (gasp!) Giants’ fan, teaches Maggie how to keep score, which Maggie doe ...more
sarah gilbert
my least favorite of the books I've read for the Oregon battle of the books, I was nonetheless charmed by Maggie and her passion for baseball. Scorekeeping baseball fans must be a rather small universe of the fanatic universe, and if this book hasn't inspired me to be a scorekeeper or teach my boys the art, perhaps it isn't Linda Sue Park's fault (after all, no desire to collect butterflies resulted from reading Nabokov, much though I adored the book).

The book's problem, perhaps, is that Maggie
I really enjoyed this book because I love baseball and I love historical fiction. I also connected with this book because I have a son who has always loved keeping score at baseball games and this book reminded me of times he would explain the way he kept score. It is heavy on baseball at times so a student who doesn't have any background knowledge of baseball might find it hard to follow in the beginning.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
It does not take much for me to cry over characters and events in books. However, often I feel manipulated and eventually resentful because the author did something to "make" me cry for the wrong reasons. Not this one. My tears (they came toward the end in several places) were well worth the shedding. I got to really admire Maggie and completely believed in all her feelings: the indignation of how her prayers and sacrifices did not work out the way she had hoped for; the anger fits; the holding ...more
I enjoyed this book, which highlights a time when baseball truly was the National Pastime. I was a little disappointed when we left the baseball and joined the Korean War (already in progress), and really scratched my head about the religious elements, because Maggie seemed to view her religion as all ritual and superstition. "If I do these things, in this order, my friend will be okay." It gets all tangled up with baseball superstitions-- "if my brother wears the same shirt for 10 days without ...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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