Joelle is a baseball player from Minneapolis, just like her older brother. When Joelle's family moves to a small town in Iowa, she is surprised to discover that girls there only have a softball team at school, while the boys play baseball. Can Joelle convince the coach to let her try out for the baseball team?
This book features a strong female character without pushing any extremes. Joelle is assertive and takes reasonable steps to question authority without being rude. She has conflicts with some peers (female and male) and reflects about what it means to be a good friend. The book also deals with family relationships, especially between Joelle and her brother, who has started college. This is an excellent book to use with students to study different perspectives and points of view, and it moves beyond dated arguments about whether or not girls are athletes. Instead, it examines how policies and proposals affect different groups, and what it means to be fair.
Joelle sighed. There was always somebody somewhere telling her no."
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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