Out of Left Field

By: Ellen Klages

Barred from the 1958 Little League season for being a girl, Katy uncovers the history of women in baseball—history the Little League board would like to remain hidden.

“Meet Katy’s Heroes.” Author’s note. Glossary. Recommended reading. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780425288597

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Language: Mild Language
Topics: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League , Baseball , Gender roles , Little League baseball , Women’s rights , Single-parent families , San Francisco, California , Twentieth-century US history , Sports , Girls and women

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Awards & Honors

ILA Teachers' Choices - 2019
2018 Children’s History Book Prize finalist
Kirkus Best Books, Middle-Grade - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly*

School Library Journal

Keep asking questions. Never settle for being ordinary.” Katy Gordon is anything but ordinary. She’s got a special Sunday pitch that will strike out just about anybody, but her local Little League won’t let her on the team just because she’s a girl. Katy sets out to change their minds; after all, it’s 1957 and the worl Keep asking questions. Never settle for being ordinary.” Katy Gordon is anything but ordinary. She’s got a special Sunday pitch that will strike out just about anybody, but her local Little League won’t let her on the team just because she’s a girl. Katy sets out to change their minds; after all, it’s 1957 and the world is changing. To back up her legal argument (including a phone call with an ACLU lawyer), she uncovers the history of the All-American Girls Baseball League during WWII, the Bloomer Girls teams of the 1890s, and the young women who played in the Negro Leagues throughout the 1940s and 50s. Spurred on by her intelligent and independent single mother, Katy incorporates all of these forgotten women into a school project. Whenever Katy makes a new discovery, her excitement is contagious. The 1957 setting, a particularly tumultuous year for the U.S., is incorporated seamlessly into the narrative. The narrative, though rich in details, never gets bogged down. This title also includes substantial back matter, such as a list of female ballplayers, an author’s note, a glossary of baseball terms, and further recommended reading. Klages gives Katy a strong voice and helps spotlight the history of marginalized women in sports history. VERDICT Featuring powerful female characters, this is historical fiction that doesn’t drag for a second. A fine purchase.—Kerri Williams, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9780425288597

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.4; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.7; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 640L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Viking

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Language: Mild Language

Topics

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Baseball, Gender roles, Little League baseball, Women’s rights, Single-parent families, San Francisco, California, Twentieth-century US history, Sports, Girls and women,

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