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Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
4.27
really liked it
As a former journalist and sports fan, this picture book has many elements that appeal to my feminist heart. Groundbreaking Mary Garber loved sports, ...more
Feb 19, 2017
Feb 20, 2017
 
Mama Played Baseball
3.73
really liked it
While Amy's father is fighting overseas during WWII, her mother must find a job. At first, Amy is confused at her mother's intention to try out for th ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
 
The Courage Test
3.65
really liked it
Although books about journeys that test characters and prepare them for other tests in life abound, this one is a nice addition to those sorts of book ...more
Jun 24, 2017
Jun 24, 2017
 
Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story
4.05
really liked it
Even when she was very young, Lizzie Murphy was good at baseball, a talent her father nurtured. But the local boys wouldn't let her play with them unt ...more
Apr 24, 2015
Apr 28, 2015
 
There Will Be Lies
3.42
liked it
**spoiler alert** With a title like this, readers can expect to encounter a bushel full of lies and be taken for a ride in every sense of the meaning, ...more
Aug 13, 2015
Aug 14, 2015
 
The Warden's Daughter
3.65
really liked it
I don't think master storyteller Jerry Spinelli has ever written a book that I didn't like, and this one is no exception. The daughter of the warden, ...more
Jan 18, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
 
All the Broken Pieces
3.98
really liked it
Although Matt Pin has been living in the United States for two years now, having been airlifted out of Vietnam when he was ten, he is still haunted by ...more
Oct 14, 2009
May 14, 2018
 
The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton
4.18
really liked it
For those that think sports such as baseball were games intended for males only, this picture book offers a counterargument. Featuring Edith Houghton, ...more
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 20, 2017
 
A Long Pitch Home
4.11
liked it
By now, it should be clear that coming to America presents its own unique challenges. In the case of ten-year-old Bilal, the country is confusing in m ...more
May 23, 2017
May 24, 2017
 
One of Us Is Lying
4.07
liked it
**spoiler alert** This one is a 3.5 for me because I enjoyed trying to figure out whodunit, but I found the characters fairly stereotypical and yes, a ...more
May 13, 2017
May 13, 2017
 
NY Is for New York
4.52
really liked it
Lively mixed media and digital illustrations accompany brief text celebrating some of the sights and sounds and wonders of the Big Apple. Starting wit ...more
Jun 10, 2017
Jun 11, 2017
 
Comeback Catcher
4.00
liked it
Although he's a great catcher, Eddie Jackson no longer plays baseball because of his poor batting performance in last year's championship game. Things ...more
Feb 25, 2017
Feb 26, 2017
 
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
4.11
really liked it
I cannot even imagine a family made up of 12 brothers and four sisters, but this true story about the baseball-loving Acerra family who lived in New J ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs
4.54
liked it
Several comic strips in this collection Nate's adventures at home and in the classroom as well as on the baseball field where he plays for the, ahem, ...more
Sep 05, 2016
Sep 06, 2016
 
Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues
4.25
really liked it
Stunning watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations complement an inspiring story of determination and brotherly love. Growing up poor in the Domin ...more
May 03, 2016
May 04, 2016
 
When Lightning Comes in a Jar
4.13
liked it
Trisha is thrilled that it's time for a family reunion which will give her a chance to see her cousins. Any readers who've been to their own family re ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Jan 01, 2016
 
Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates
4.21
really liked it
This partial biography about the great baseball champion and humanitarian Roberto Clemente focuses mostly on his time as a player for the Pittsburg Pi ...more
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
 
Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship
3.79
really liked it
This title would fit perfectly in a civil rights text set or one featuring groundbreaking women. Margaret and her family cheer on their favorite playe ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
 
I Am #8: Roberto Clemente
4.09
liked it
Although Roberto Clemente is best-known for his feats on the baseball field as he led the Pittsburg Pirates to the World Series title twice, he is als ...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
 
The DH (The Triple Threat, #3)
4.40
liked it
Readers of the previous two titles in The Triple Threat series will enjoy following athletically talented protagonist, Alex Myers, as he moves to the ...more
Sep 22, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
 
I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo!
4.11
liked it
Back in my younger days in middle grades and high school and even for a few years beyond, I simply adored the comic strips featuring Garfield, a lasag ...more
Mar 10, 2018
Mar 10, 2018
 
The Last Place on Earth
3.16
liked it
**spoiler alert** When Daisy Cruz realizes that her best friend Henry Hawking has disappeared without saying a word, she knows something is very wrong ...more
May 04, 2016
May 04, 2016
 
In the Country of Queens
3.29
liked it
Eleven-year-old Shirley Burns lives in the borough of Queens, New York, in 1961 with her domineering mother and patient grandmother. Although she has ...more
Feb 18, 2018
Feb 18, 2018
 
The Truth
3.65
liked it
In this psychological thriller sixteen-year-old Chris Russo awakens to find himself tied up, trapped in a basement, and under the watch of a man wield ...more
Mar 14, 2016
Mar 15, 2016
 
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!
3.83
really liked it
I enjoyed the previous two "You Never Heard Of...?!" titles focusing on baseball greats Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays, and I was pleasantly surprised t ...more
Mar 04, 2016
Mar 07, 2016
 
Seeing Off the Johns
4.13
really liked it
Greenton, Texas, reminds me of so many backwater towns. There are some folks with money, but most of its residents manage to get by through hard work ...more
Feb 28, 2016
Feb 28, 2016
 
Winner Take All
3.45
really liked it
The cover is this book lets readers know exactly what it's going to involve. With all the matchsticks turned down, leaving one still standing, it trul ...more
Apr 15, 2018
Apr 15, 2018
 
There Goes Ted Williams: Candlewick Biographies: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived
4.10
liked it
This brief biography of baseball slugger Ted Williams is accessible and enjoyable, partly because of its simplicity but also because of the author's u ...more
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
 
Too Shattered for Mending
4.08
really liked it
I've said it before, and I will say it again: Peter Brown Hoffmeister is an author to watch. I was impressed with his earlier YA debut, This Is the Pa ...more
Sep 17, 2017
Sep 17, 2017
 
Where's Walrus? And Penguin?
3.96
really liked it
Although I see the appeal of books like this one for young readers since they need to look for the missing animals on each page and they develop visua ...more
Nov 17, 2015
Nov 17, 2015
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