Nugget: Edith Houghton grew up watching her brothers and neighbors playing ball in the park, but girls didn't play. Well, most girls didn't play. Edith was a whole different story.
Need Enticement: Edith Houghton said that she was born with a baseball in her hand.
* It is so interesting to see the different approaches that authors take. I found the opening wordy but it is solid. I was hooked. The last sentence on the first page, "She was magic on the field."
Escalation: From making the all female team the Bobbies, to traveling to Japan to play, Edith grows up playing baseball.
Satisfying Ending: She was a fabulous player, she played as though she had been born with a baseball in her hand.
Sources: As always Audrey does a stellar job researching, her love for baseball shines through. She gives a strong Author's note with baseball history for women as well as more information about Edith and real life photos.
Show Words: Bobbies, buzzy glow of portable lights, exhibition games, dance the Charleston.
Why: Baseball, America's past time. A great book about a time when women were suppressed.
Need & Want: Edith wants to play ball. But, the stakes were high, people were looking at Edith. She was younger than the other girls, her dad constantly bragged about her, more eyes were focused on Edith which made her wins famous and her losses BIG NEWS.