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Keeping Score

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  829 Ratings  ·  190 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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 8th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 17th 2008)
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Jeffrey Not that I recall. All of Linda Sue Park's books are very clean and appropriate for young readers.

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Dec 10, 2008 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
Nov 24, 2009 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
Fred Kohn
Jun 02, 2014 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.
Steve Shilstone
Apr 03, 2015 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.
Ashley Coberly
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great story- read for book club aloud to both my 7 and 9 year olds. Great I got on the Korean War and you don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it. I loved the theme of hope through out the book. I loved that Maggie struggled with prayer and whether to not it matters. This let to some great conversations with my bigs. The mom in the book points out that she doesn't have all the answers and neither do I. I think it's good for kids to know grown ups don't know everything and when they gr ...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
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Though she is a die-hard Brooklyn Dodgers fan, just like most of the guys at the firehouse where her father used to work, Maggie can't help but be intrigued by the new guy, Jim Maine, who roots for the Giants and scores all of the games by hand. Soon, Maggie is learning to keep score as well, a process which makes her feel especially connected to her beloved Dodgers. When Jim is eventually drafted into the army and sent to Korea, Maggie shift
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About baseball, firemen, the Korean War, and hope.
I liked it.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Marie Robinson for

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
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
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz Hammet
Nov 13, 2012 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
Amy Forrester
Jan 21, 2013 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
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it

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
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
Cassa M.
Mar 07, 2013 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
Amy • A Magical 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
Kosei K.
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Elizabeth K.
Jun 28, 2009 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
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
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
Elizabeth Wright
If you love baseball... and you're a girl... or a boy... you should read this book. This book made me miss my dad - the maker of my fandom and the teacher of my keeping score - so much. Inareallygoodway.

Also, Linda Sue Park is always a worthy read. I loved A Single Shard and When My Name Was Keoko. I really like Mulberry Street.
Jul 14, 2008 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
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
May 29, 2010 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
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Yahir Estrada
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read this book with my 9 year old son. It is such a wonderful story of love, friendship, sacrifice & hope.
Ashley B.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a young girl, Maggie, who is obsessed with baseball. She is dedicated to her Dodgers, she never misses a game. She would spend hours listening to the radio as the announcer calls the game. She learns how to score a baseball game by a friendly firefighter named Jim. Maggie is thrilled to know more about her beloved sport. She is torn, however, when her friend Jim is sent off to fight in the Korean War. She sends letters and updates to Jim and Jim would respond. Suddenly, he was ...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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