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No Cream Puffs by Karen Day
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Apr 27, 09

bookshelves: baseball, coming-of-age, friendship, ya-fiction, strong-female-character
Read in April, 2009

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 phenom. The pressure is a lot to handle for Madison, but she gets some words of wisdom from an aging rock star, a patient brother, and a loyal teammate. What more could a girl ask for? No Cream Puffs is a angst-ridden coming of age story which speaks to feminism in a understated, yet realistic way. Throughout the season, you'll be cheering Madison on, not only rooting for a championship, but for equality and determination.
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