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Fast Pitch

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Girl seeks championship and the truth in gripping story.

Book Nic Stone Sports 2021
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Fun, fast-paced, and suspenseful, this story brings an upbeat spin to a sad history. In Fast Pitch by Nic Stone, a girl in the 2000s, a talented fast-pitch softball player, is a member of the only Black team in a league still named "Dixie." Through family history about her great-grandfather, she learns about the Negro Leagues. The author makes her point strongly but with a light touch: There has certainly been progress, but unfortunately racial equity and understanding haven't quite been achieved. Readers will root for the resourceful, tenacious, and positive characters who populate this book.

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