Out of Left Field

Out of Left Field

Book - 2018
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In 1957, inspired by what she is learning about civil rights and armed with knowledge of female ball players, ten-year-old Katy Gordon fights to be allowed to play Little League baseball.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2018
ISBN: 9780425288597
Branch Call Number: Fiction Klages CHILD
Characteristics: 276 pages, 36 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Hillsboro_RobP Jun 10, 2019

In 1957, Katy is denied the chance to play little league baseball and sets off to fight the system with hard work, research, and a mean Sunday pitch.
An inspirational sports story meets juvenile historical fiction and you'll love it.

Tigard_LindsayD Jun 01, 2019

This book is all about answering a question - were there women who played baseball?

This question is very important to Katy, who is intent on convincing the Little League that girls should be allowed to play. The true history that Katy uncovers with her library research and interviews is enlightening! Set in the 1950s, Katy discovers stories of women's leagues and women players from the 1800s and early 1900s. The additional flavor of the early space race, Katy's quirky family, and pick up baseball games also make this book a fun and inspiring work of historical fiction.

Tigard_HollyCP May 21, 2019

Katy Gordon has already proven to the neighborhood boys that she is just as good at baseball as they are. Actually, better. When a Little League scout recruits her after watching her pitch at a neighborhood game she doesn’t correct his assumption that she is a boy. She tries out and makes it on the team. But there is just one small thing: Girls can’t play Little League. Katy goes to the top to try to change that rule. Not gonna happen. Using the research she has already done to make her case, Katy delves into the subject of professional women baseball players for an assignment about heroes at school. Ellen Klages paints a picture of life for white, Black and Japanese American kids in the mid-1950s. In addition to the very in-depth history about women’s baseball, she thoughtfully includes bits about the space race, segregation, and the aftermath of the Japanese American concentration camps. A+


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