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Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
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Apr 16, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

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 does with religious, but somewhat futile, conviction for her Dodgers after learning with Jim and the Giants’ games. Then, Jim goes to Korea to serve. He replies to Maggie’s regular letters for a while, then… nothing…. Description stops here to avoid spoilers. Maggie, with her youthful enthusiasm, energy, and good will is an enjoyable character. Her supporting characters, her best friend, her family, and the firemen mostly, are warm additions to her world, Maggie and the story are endearing and recommended for an intermediate grades student, most especially for a compassionate girl who happens to enjoy baseball.

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