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Moss, Marissa.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004.
IL K-3, RL 3.5
ISBN 0689863292
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

It was April 2, 1931 and something amazing was happening.  There was a baseball game going on in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  No, that's not the amazing part.  The New York Yankees were in town to play an exhibition game agains the Chattanooga Lookouts.  Can you imagine how nervous those minor league players must have been?  And on the mound to face the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig is a young player by the name of Jackie Mitchell.  Now, here's the amazing part, Jackie was a girl!  How could a girl possibly face the best players in baseball?

Booktalk #2

Jackie Mitchell’s father always told her to work hard and follow her dreams. And Jackie did exactly as her father told her to…even though she was told her dream was impossible. Jackie loved to play baseball and she practiced pitching day in and day out. This hard work paid off as she was signed to pitch for the Chattanooga Lookouts at the age of seventeen. On  April 2, 1931 , Jackie made baseball history while playing against the New York Yankees. Using perseverance and courage, Jackie struck out not one, but two baseball legends by the name of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig! Read this true story to find out how Jackie made it through the famous game and inspired baseball players of all ages. (Prepared by Jennifer Jones, SCASL Children’s Book Awards)

Non fiction SUBJECTS:     Mitchell, Jackie, 1914-1987.
                        Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948.
                        Gehrig, Lou, 1903-1941.
                        Baseball players.
                        Baseball -- History.
                        Women -- Biography.


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