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Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map



by
Sue Macy
illustrated by
Matt Collins

Edition
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Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823421633

Awards and Honors
Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth, 2011; Booklist 2011 Editors' Choice, Books for Youth, Nonfiction, Middler Readers; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2012, History/Life & Culture in the Americas
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In April 1896, Agnes Morely scored the winning shot in the first intercollegiate women’s basketball game. The final score? 2-1! Author’s note. Time line of women’s basketball. Resources. Places to visit. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 11"

Dewey

796.323092 B

AR

3.9: points 0.5

Lexile

AD700L

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Jun 2011

Topics

Agnes Morley Cleaveland (1874-1958). Basketball players. Basketball history. Women pioneers. Biography.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

In 1896, female athletes faced two foes: their on-court rivals, and the rigid code of ladylike behavior. In this engaging picture book, Macy recounts the first basketball game played between two women’s college teams through the eyes of a participant, Stanford’s Agnes Morley. High-spirited Agnes grew up on a New Mexico cattle ranch, where “getting dirty came with the territory.” Since it was considered not “proper for women to perspire in front of men” by the UC Berkeley team, the game took place before an all-female crowd. In a comedic intermission, two male workers came out to repair a basket; in Laurel and Hardy-like fashion, one stared so much, he almost knocked the other off a ladder. Playing guard, Agnes wondered how she could prevent her taller opponents from scoring and found herself in an intense struggle. With the players confined to rigid sections of the court, the game hinged on the outcome of two foul shots. Collins’s colorful, exuberant digital illustrations capture all the high-spirited drama and fun. Macy adds authenticity with a fact-filled author’s note. This excellent book offers plenty of teaching possibilities, and it should delight a wide audience.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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School Library Journal

In 1896, female athletes faced two foes: their on-court rivals, and the rigid code of ladylike behavior. In this engaging picture book, Macy recounts the first basketball game played between two women’s college teams through the eyes of a participant, Stanford’s Agnes Morley. High-spirited Agnes grew up on a New Mexico cattle ranch, where “getting dirty came with the territory.” Since it was considered not “proper for women to perspire in front of men” by the UC Berkeley team, the game took place before an all-female crowd. In a comedic intermission, two male workers came out to repair a basket; in Laurel and Hardy-like fashion, one stared so much, he almost knocked the other off a ladder. Playing guard, Agnes wondered how she could prevent her taller opponents from scoring and found herself in an intense struggle. With the players confined to rigid sections of the court, the game hinged on the outcome of two foul shots. Collins’s colorful, exuberant digital illustrations capture all the high-spirited drama and fun. Macy adds authenticity with a fact-filled author’s note. This excellent book offers plenty of teaching possibilities, and it should delight a wide audience.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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