Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Inspirational memoir of Little League history maker.

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Educational Value

Throughout the book, Mo'Ne shares great insight about baseball and basketball fundamentals. She also shares what she's learned about the Negro Leagues and baseball legends such as Jackie Robinson and Mamie Johnson.

Positive Messages

Mo'Ne Davis recounts lessons learned about teamwork, winning (and losing) with class, and how to handle the pressures that come with excelling in a particular sport.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mo'Ne Davis is only one of the role models in her story. She also talks about all the coaches, baseball legends, and political figures who inspire her, including Malala Yousafzai.

Violence & Scariness

Neighborhood violence mentioned only in passing as Mo'Ne describes not being involved or around any of it because of her heavy school and sports schedule.

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mo'Ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer, by Davis and Hilary Beard, is a memoir by the first girl pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series. She briefly discusses her mother having a child at 16, and she speaks about kids and adults behaving in an unsportsmanlike manner when encountering a girl on a "boys' team." Parents should be ready to discuss gender discrimination and stereotypes in sports.

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What's the story?

You may have heard a lot about Mo'Ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series. She was the first Little Leaguer featured on Sports Illustrated magazine's cover and entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame at age 13. What you may not know is she plays many sports, she's afraid of the dark, and she was recruited to her team at 7. Find out more about the year she started having good luck straight from the girl herself.

Is it any good?

Mo'Ne Davis, with the help of author Hilary Beard, paints quite a vivid picture of a normal girl who loves sports and works hard to excel at them. The story is largely inspirational, sometimes frustrating (due to the biases of adults), and fun. The first-person voice -- sometimes as an interview with friends and family -- can be a bit hard to navigate and follow along with, but overall Mo'Ne's message and personality come through clearly.

What's important to note is how well Mo'Ne (as well as those around her) handles the pressure of her newfound fame and recognizes and appreciates the phenomenal opportunities that have come her way as a direct result of her hard work. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media portrays celebrities, including Mo'Ne Davis, versus the reality of how they truly are among friends and others who know them personally. Do you think celebrities behave or present themselves the same way at home with family and friends as media portrayals suggest? Why, or why not?

  • Families also can discuss how the media and Mo'Ne Davis reacted after an adult viciously insulted her on social media. How do you handle it when someone says something inappropriate online?

  • Why is learning the history of your favorite sport important? Who were leaders and stars in your favorite sport whose contributions seem to be forgotten or simply aren't discussed very often anymore?

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