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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  473 ratings  ·  49 reviews
MADISON IS NOT your average 12-year-old girl from Michigan in 1980. She doesn’t use lipgloss, but she loves to play sports, and joins baseball for the summer—the first girl in Southern Michigan to play on a boys’ team. The press call her a star and a trailblazer, but Madison just wants to play ball. Who knew it would be so much pressure? Crowds flock to the games. Her team ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Madison Metzger
What came as a surprise to you in this book? I would have to say when Sarah and her became friends again, it came as a surprise to me because they got into a huge at school, on the last day of school. Another part that came as a surprise to me was when Tommy kissed her on the lips when he had a girlfriend, but apparently she was gone for the summer visiting her family.
Which of the characters would you like to be in this book? Why? I would like to be the main character because she has the courag
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Jessica
This is an old-fashioned book, but in a good way. It's the type of thing you don't see anymore, like a Judy Blume book from the early 'eighties or something, and it really reminded me of being in sixth grade- not just the type of books that I read, but also what it was like to be twelve and wondering when my life was going to start!

Madison wants to play baseball, which in her small Wisconsin town in 1980 means that she will be the only girl on the team. It's not about feminism, it's not about be
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Umuk
I REALLY liked this book. Well, first I just want to say, all girls dont have to be girly girls, they can choose if they can be anything. You dont even have to like girly stuff. I dont even like girly stuff. Its too iffy. Well, I really like this book because its really detailed with her life and school, and I can really picture this book in my head. This book also sends a message as well. I really like it, yeah, I really liked this book. Stay in school.
Jackie
Gutsy, athletically talented, and down-to-earth, 12-year-old Madison just wants to play baseball. She's been coached by her older brother, David and is being recruited by Coach Weeks. She's torn, however, by doing what comes naturally on the ball field and being friends with Sara. She joins the boys' league and ends up being the best player...but, what it does to her friendship with life-long classmates is another matter. TV and newspaper reporters show up by the dozens to get a glimpse of this ...more
Randy
Madison is a phenomenal baseball player. Her fielding is good and her pitching and hitting are unbelievable. When her brother (and coach) convinces her to play in their hometown's baseball league, her troubles begin. It's the late 1970s and teams have just started allowing girls to play, but that doesn't mean they have to like it. Some of her teammates are pretty unhappy about it, especially Randy, the team's other pitcher who's not quite as good as Madison. The stress on the field begins to gro ...more
Grace Barmmer
I loved this book because of how I could relate to it. I am not really into all the girlie things, and I am a big fan of baseball. Unlike Madison, though, I am not super super good at it!
Allison
best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kirsti Call
I heard Karen Day speak at the ENCORE SCBWI workshop. She is a phenomenal speaker and this book is very well done. This book does a good job of showing the pressure that kids can feel when they are extremely good at sports...
Chey Serrano
this was pretty good i read it in like two days
Nancy
Twelve-year-old Madison is a crack baseball player, and during the summer of 1980, her older brother convinces her to go out for the local boys' team. Madison is torn: her best friend has seemingly abandoned her for a clique of girly-girls, she doesn't want to be called a feminist or be seen as a trailblazer, and she's beginning to be self-conscious about what the boys think of her. But-she really wants to play ball. Her family convinces her, and she proves to be the star of the team, drawing at ...more
Becky
Day, Karen. 2008. No Cream Puffs.

This isn't what we usually do. If we have time after lunch, we shoot baskets with the boys in the gym. Today we're lined up in front of the mirror in the girls' bathroom. I stand to the side and twist my mood ring around and around my finger. My mess of curly blond hair is a disaster compared to the new feathered style everyone else has. "This is plushy pink." Casey Cunningham pulls a tube of lip gloss out of her purse and opens it. The sweet smell of cotton cand
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka "Mickey" for TeensReadToo.com

Madison is one stressed out twelve-year-old.

This summer will be her first playing baseball for the town league. That may not be such a big deal if she wasn't the first girl in the town to do it.

Madison is really good at baseball and loves to play it because it's fun. However, after the first few games, the fun part becomes harder and harder to find. The crowds of people coming to watch the games get bigger and there are articles in
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Sophie Adams
The title of this book is totally misleading. Unless you know baseball, you would think it's about the food. The title actually refers to a type of throw in baseball. A cream puff is basically when a pitcher throws a weak throw. As a pitcher, you don't want to throw cream puffs. That aside the book is about a girl who wants to play baseball in her town's boys little league. She's a fantastic pitcher and hitter. Some people see her as a role model and a trailblazer while others think she shouldn' ...more
Susan P
This book make me remember so many things about my awkward early adolescence! Like Madison, I too was a jock. I didn't care about wearing makeup or curling my hair or flirting with boys, and when my friends starting changing I was left behind. This is exactly what happends to Madison the summer that she is 12. To make matters worse, she is the only girl playing in a boy's baseball league. She just wants to play ball - and she's a good pitcher - but it's 1980, and a girl in a boy's league is stil ...more
Caroline W.
No Cream Puffs by Karen Day was a different book. It isent quit like any other book i have ever read. Idont know what made the book so different but there was somthing. I can say this is one book that is one my favorite list.
This book had everything. Love like everyone likes in a story, suspence with her mother, and that lesson that every book teachs you. No Cream Puffs is one of thoes books that you just can't put down. One of the main resons you can't put it down is because there is always s
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Suzanne Dix
Meh. A painful reminder of how difficult becoming a teenager can be with the added insult of walking down the memory lane of being a kid in the 80s.

Grades 7 and up, no language though some mature situations (extra-marital affair, mental illness).
Jennifer Marie
I have to say, halfway through this book and I'm rather surprised. I didn't think I was going to like it, I thought it was another YA book dealing with weight, peer pressure and guys...and while it does deal with the latter two, it's actually a Middle Grade book, and much more interesting than I first gave it credit for. It's keeping me reading. There are a few things that I skim over cause it bores me, but they add to the story and I think I'm just bored with them because I'm tired of reading a ...more
Janessa
I loved this book's honesty! The relationships between twelve year old Madison and her friends, between Madison and her mother, and between Madison and her first crush are all so solidly developed and truly felt. Added to that is the compelling story of Madison playing Little League Baseball with the boys in a mid-western town during the '80's. Newspaper reporters and camera crews follow every move Madison makes on the baseball field, but all she really wants is to be left alone to play ball. It ...more
Brooke S
This book is very good, but also with a lot of drama. It is about a girl named Madison who wants to be in the boys baseball team, she's kind of nervous and only tells her best friend Sara but while she is telling Sara the new "mean girl" Casey over hears and tells pretty much everyone! So everyone makes fun of Madison because she thought Sara told Casey but she acctually just over heard! Madison joins the baseball team and she is great! She begins to love it. News reporters and everyone went to ...more
Anoria Webb
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Anne Broyles
A sweet, easy read that felt true to its time and place (1980, southern MI). whether or not young readers are athletes or not, they will appreciate Madison's struggle to "just play baseball" when the fact that she's the first girl on a boys' team in her town makes her athletic skills newsworthy. Subplots about her relationship with her mother, best friend, and two boys make this an engaging read for middle school girls. The pink, "girly" cover will likely discourage most boys from picking up the ...more
Brookew
This book is for girl's who like sports and arent afraid to get dirty. This is about a girl named Madison and she joins a boys baseball league. She is the first girl to play on a boys baseball team in her town. They call her a star. Then a big problem starts to occur Madison's friend leave her to go with the popular and snoby girls. If you do not like sports then i would not recommend this book. I rated this 4 stars only because im in the middle of reading it and i like it so far and once i get ...more
Megan
I forget why I put this on my TBR list...maybe it was a Cybils nominee? Anyway, I wasn't very interested in the plot (12-year-old girl tries out for the boys baseball team), but I kept reading because, even though it was set in a fictional SW Michigan town, it was obviously right around where I grew up. There are references to hanging out at Warren Dunes, driving to St. Joe, etc. It was sort of fun to try to guess exactly which town was the basis for the novel (I'm thinking Harbert or Union Pier ...more
Raegan
I was hooked on this book from the very first page. The main character, Madison, is a few years younger than me, but the opening scene was something I experienced often at her age: she is standing in the bathroom at her middle school, watching the other girls put on lip gloss and being ostracized because she likes baseball, something not many girls that age are into. All in all, a very good read-- recommended for middle school girls, older girls, and anybody who loves baseball.
oliviasbooks
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I found out after a mere 27 pages that I don't get twelve year old baseball wonder Madison. First I kind of sympathized with her, because her best friend abandoned her for the popular girls, but then I followed her home and witnessed her obsessing about a fortyish rock star neighbor. I so never have been growing up on the same planet as her - although era-wise she is only a few years ahead of me.
Czechgirl
This is a good story, however, it is not as good as Karen Day's first book. Day's first book was great throughout the whole book. This story had a few "boring" parts in the middle, per say. However, the ending was a good as the beginning. I liked how Day ended the story with you knowing everything was going to be good the next day without writing about it.
Lori
Very cute story of the first girl to play on an all boys baseball team. At its heart its a basic coming of age story about a tomboy and all that it entails. But it draws you in and you want her to succeed. I don't know if its because I was a bit of a tomboy but her story just seemed to resonate. So nothing earth-shattering but a great story for a young pre-teen.
Elizabeth
no cream puffs is a book that many girls can relate to. not just the plot but also Madisons feelings. she feels ignored and stands out being the only girl on a boys baseball team. lets face it. we all feel like that one time or another. karen day makes you feel like you have known Madison her entire life. and thats something most writers struggle with.
Emily
Madison likes baseball well enough, but when her older brother talks her into joining the local summer leauge, she doens't expect all the attention she gets. She doesn't want to make a statement, she just wants to play. I always like baseball stories, especially girls playing baseball stories, and I enjoyed this one.
Melissa
A good look at a girl trying to figure out who she is, especially in the face of being the only girl in they boy's summer baseball league. And the best player out there. She deals with the pressure, with trying to figure out how to balance being a "girl" and doing what she loves. Well-written and enjoyable.
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