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A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field!

Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy Gordon is their best pitcher, even though she's a girl. But when she tries out for Little League, it's a whole different story. Girls are not eligible, period. It is a boy's game and always has been. It's not fair, and Katy's going to fight back. Inspired by what she's learning about civil rights in school, she sets out to prove that she's not the only girl who plays baseball. With the help of friendly librarians and some tenacious research skills, Katy discovers the forgotten history of female ball players. Why does no one know about them? Where are they now? And how can one ten-year-old change people’s minds about what girls can do?

Set in 1957—the world of Sputnik and Leave It to Beaver, saddle shoes and "Heartbreak Hotel"—Out of Left Field is both a detailed picture of a fascinating historic period and a timelessly inspiring story about standing up for equality at any age.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on May 1, 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0425288595
ISBN-13: 9780425288597
1 Book Review
  • bookwormmm
    bookwormmmTuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:59 pm44 stars
    Almost ten-year-old Katy Gordon is the best pitcher in her neighborhood. Every day, at recess, Katy plays baseball with the boys at school. At first, Katy had to put up with the snide comments that the boys kept saying to her (“What? She’s playing? I bet she won’t even be able to throw a ball, or run to first base! I mean, she’s a girl!”). But now, all the boys in the neighborhood know that Katy Gordon is the best pitcher they’ve got. But, when Katy tries out for Little League, things can’t be more different. Katy isn’t excepted to join the team, and the main problem is that she’s a girl. ‘Girls can’t play baseball, and it’s a boys’ sport’ Katy gets told every time. Katy Gordon is going to fight back, no matter what! She’s going to prove that she isn’t the only female baseball player! Through this exhilarating tale, Katy has to use her wits and bravery. Katy is going to prove that females can play ball, and do it well!