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Both Maggie and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named after baseball great Joe DMaggio. But they arent Yankee fans. Their team is the Brooklyn Dodgers. And although Maggie doesnt play baseball, she knows the game. She can recite stats, understands complicated plays, cheers when the Dodgers win—and suffers when they lose.

But even with Maggies support, the Dodgers fail to win the Series, season after season. And the letters she sends to her friend and baseball mentor, Jim—serving in Korea—arent answered.

Nothing Maggie does helps. Maybe it doesnt make any difference at all.

Or maybe it does.

Synopsis:

Although Maggie doesn't play baseball, she knows the game. But even with Maggie's support, the Brooklyn Dodgers fail to win the Series. Nothing Maggie does helps. Maybe it doesn't make any difference at all. Or maybe it does.

Synopsis:

Both Maggie Fortini and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Unlike Joey-Mick, Maggie doesnt play baseball—but at almost ten years old, she is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie can recite all the players statistics and understands the subtleties of the game. Unfortunately, Jim Maine is a Giants fan, but its Jim who teaches Maggie the fine art of scoring a baseball game. Not only can she revisit every play of every inning, but by keeping score she feels shes more than just a fan: shes helping her team.

Jim is drafted into the army and sent to Korea, and although Maggie writes to him often, his silence is just one of a string of disappointments—being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan in the early 1950s meant season after season of near misses and year after year of dashed hopes. But Maggie goes on trying to help the Dodgers, and when she finds out that Jim needs help, too, shes determined to provide it. Against a background of major league baseball and the Korean War on the home front, Maggie looks for, and finds, a way to make a difference.

Even those readers who think they dont care about baseball will be drawn into the world of the true and ardent fan. Linda Sue Parks captivating story will, of course, delight those who are already keeping score.

About the Author

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets. For more infromation visit www.lspark.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547248974
Author:
Park, Linda Sue
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Baseball
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Baseball
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.13 in 0.41 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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"Synopsis" by , Although Maggie doesn't play baseball, she knows the game. But even with Maggie's support, the Brooklyn Dodgers fail to win the Series. Nothing Maggie does helps. Maybe it doesn't make any difference at all. Or maybe it does.
"Synopsis" by , Both Maggie Fortini and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Unlike Joey-Mick, Maggie doesnt play baseball—but at almost ten years old, she is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie can recite all the players statistics and understands the subtleties of the game. Unfortunately, Jim Maine is a Giants fan, but its Jim who teaches Maggie the fine art of scoring a baseball game. Not only can she revisit every play of every inning, but by keeping score she feels shes more than just a fan: shes helping her team.

Jim is drafted into the army and sent to Korea, and although Maggie writes to him often, his silence is just one of a string of disappointments—being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan in the early 1950s meant season after season of near misses and year after year of dashed hopes. But Maggie goes on trying to help the Dodgers, and when she finds out that Jim needs help, too, shes determined to provide it. Against a background of major league baseball and the Korean War on the home front, Maggie looks for, and finds, a way to make a difference.

Even those readers who think they dont care about baseball will be drawn into the world of the true and ardent fan. Linda Sue Parks captivating story will, of course, delight those who are already keeping score.

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