Out of Left Field
Katy Gordon plays ball with the boys. Not just ball, but baseball, and Katy can pitch like nobody’s business. If you didn’t know Katy, you might mistake her for a boy in her jeans, jersey, and baseball cap. It’s 1957, and girls don’t play baseball. A coach from a Little League team sees Katy pitching and invites her to try out. After she makes the cut, she tells them she is a girl. Well, it’s against Little League rules for girls to play, and when Katy challenges the rules with headquarters, she is shot down and told no girls ever play real baseball. In setting out to find one woman baseball player, Katy finds hundreds and a whole hidden history of women in the game.
Author Ellen Klages is a superb storyteller who really does her research, and that research makes this book shine. The characters are well-rounded and completely believable, the story is one to which readers can connect, and the writing is simply gorgeous. The history embedded in the story will have young readers learning without them ever knowing it, and the back-matter will have readers wanting to know more about these fascinating characters in history.
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|Page Count||320 pages|
|Publisher||Viking Books for Young Readers|
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