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 that readers can support and admire. 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.
I really wish the book had an update cover design, because this one doesn't tend to draw students to pull it off the shelves. It's a worthwhile story, and a good read.
"Joelle sighed. There was always somebody telling her 'no.' "
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