A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The main character's father ignores everyone but his star daughter.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that girls who love softball will love this book, which portrays them as important players. There's also some exciting softball action, and sprightly writing. But a few of the problems the characters face are resolved far too easily.
Is It Any Good?
Plenty of girls have become just as involved in sports as boys are, so they'll cheer a book that portrays sports-loving girls as completely normal. But author Kathy Mackel doesn't touch upon any of the difficulties female athletes still face. In fact, everyone in this story treats girls' softball as though it were the only game in town. The local newspaper interviews Allie and prints her pitching statistics as a regular feature. Crowds attend the games. It's as though girls never had trouble getting into sports. If the book were written about boys, only the names would have to be changed.
Giant leaps of faith aside, the writing sparkles. Mackel's dialogue sounds like that of real kids, and she peppers the book with humor, such as Molly's wild throws into the stands. Kids will love this book, never noticing the impossibilities that so neatly tie the story together.
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