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Annotation: When thirteen-year-old Joelle, a star baseball player, moves to a new town where the only option for girls is softball, she starts an all-girl baseball league against the wishes of her school coaches and others in the town.
Catalog Number: #4707650
Format: Paperback
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition Date: 2005
Pages: 218 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-561-45341-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-561-45341-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2002015614
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Joelle has moved to a small town and is appalled to learn that she will not be allowed to play on the school baseball team. There are strict boundaries between boys' and girls' sports and she's pressured to join the girls' softball team instead, although she repeatedly explains the fundamental differences between the two games. Eventually she inspires the formation of a girls' baseball league and enlists players from many surrounding towns. There are many setbacks along the way, but in sports-story tradition, Joelle and her team triumph in the end. Joelle is a well-drawn character, sometimes unsure of her place in the scheme of things, and at other times ready to take on the world. Butler tells the story almost exclusively through conversation or through Joelle's unvoiced thoughts, which are italicized for recognition. In style and content it's reminiscent of a typical Disney Channel movie script. Breezy and fast-paced, with a feminist slant. (Fiction. 10-13)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 49,204
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 69016 / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T

Its not fair! Thirteen-year-old Joelle Cunningham is passionate about baseball. But when her family moves to the small town of Greendale, Iowa, she quickly discovers that there are strict rules preventing her from playing on the school baseball team.
At Hoover Middle School, only boys play baseball. Girls play softball. Joelle tries to tell everyone theyre not the same sport. But no one is listening. Not Coach Carlyle who doesnt want her on his team even though his baseball team is at the bottom of the league. Not Ms. Fenner, the softball coach who wants Joelle to use her big league swing on the girls team. Not even Jason, her older brother, who is too busy at college to be of much help.
But Joelle is determined to play baseball. Through some creative problem-solving and surprising alliances, she finds a solution to her dilemma that brings the disputing sides togetherand baseball to the girls of Greendale.
Author Dori Butler has created a high-spirited, indomitable character that young girls will admire and root for in this story of frustrated ambition and ultimate triumph.

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