A Season of Daring Greatly

By: Ellen Emerson White

When eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty makes history as the first woman to be signed by a major league team, she goes head-to-head against coaches, players, and fans who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport.

ISBN: 9780062463210

JLG Release: Apr 2017


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Discrimination, Underage drinking, Sexual harrassment
Topics: Baseball , Female baseball players , Professional baseball teams , Major league baseball , Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball team)

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Awards & Honors

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2017 Blue Ribbons, Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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High-school baseball phenom Jill Cafferty had made a verbal commitment to pitch for Stanford, but pro scouts are on her trail. Perfect mechanics, repeatable delivery, and command of three pitches make her a hot commodity, and she makes history as the first female Major League player when she signs with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. She quick High-school baseball phenom Jill Cafferty had made a verbal commitment to pitch for Stanford, but pro scouts are on her trail. Perfect mechanics, repeatable delivery, and command of three pitches make her a hot commodity, and she makes history as the first female Major League player when she signs with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. She quickly comes to hate “all this fuss about me being a woman, when I really just want to go and…strike all of the sons of bitches out.” But it’s not going to be that easy, as she faces a lot of abuse: fans tossing tampons onto the field, a teammate urinating in her locker, fans holding signs saying “Go Back to Softball!” and “Don’t Destroy America!” Somehow, it can’t be a simple matter of hurling a ball sixty feet and striking out batters. White’s third-person limited narrative, told from Jill’s perspective, pulls the reader into her story. Though the plot could have been tighter, there’s plenty of action, and fans of the game will enjoy following Jill through early missteps toward a surer sense of herself and her skills. dean Schneider

Book Details

ISBN

9780062463210

First Release

April 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

432

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.2; Points: 15;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.6; Points: 22;

Lexile

Level 930L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Greenwillow

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Discrimination, Underage drinking, Sexual harrassment

Topics

Baseball, Female baseball players, Professional baseball teams, Major league baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball team),

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