Synopses & Reviews
In the 1940s Mary Garber entered the male exclusive field of sports reporting and Macy (Roller Derby Rivals) dives into describing the challenges she faced—such as her panic when reporting at a college football game and realizing there was no program to identify the players or not being allowed to talk to the players in the locker rooms. After Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers Garber was moved both by Robinson’s baseball prowess and “quiet dignity in the face of taunts and jeers.” Payne’s mixed media artwork blends a soft hazy quality with a hint of caricature emphasizing Garber’s diminutiveness even as Macy makes clear the thoughtfulness smarts and determination she brought to her journalism. It’s an entertaining and accessible portrait of a generous minded writer and a reminder of the value of telling people’s stories whether pro player or soapbox racer. Ages 5–8. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Macy introduces Garber as a person who followed her passion for sports despite her mother s disapproval and did her job with purpose, integrity, and dignity. The narrative is swiftly paced, smoothly written, and filled with interesting details and quotes A lively, memorable biography for younger readers. Booklist (starred review)
It s an entertaining and accessible portrait of a generous-minded writer and a reminder of the value of telling people s stories, whether pro player or soapbox racer. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A heartfelt, informative, and thoroughly engaging picture book biography about groundbreaking sports reporter Mary Garber. School Library Journal (starred review)
From beloved author Sue Macy comes an illustrated biography of Mary Garber, one of the first female sports journalists in American history
While sitting in the bleachers of a Soap Box Derby in the 1950s, Mary Garber overheard two African-American boys in the following exchange: See that lady down there? asked one boy. That s Mary Garber. She doesn t care who you are, but if you do something good, she ll write about you.
Mary Garber was a pioneering sports journalist in a time where women were rarely a part of the newspaper business. Women weren t even allowed to sit in the press boxes at sporting events, so Mary was forced to sit with the coaches wives. But that didn t stop her.
In a time when African-American sports were not routinely covered, Mary went to the games and wrote about them. Garber was a sportswriter for fifty-six years and was the first woman to receive the Associated Press Sports Editors Red Smith Award, presented for major contributions in sports journalism. And now, every year the Association of Women in Sports Media presents the Mary Garber Pioneer Award in her honor to a role model for women in sports media.
Sure to inspire future journalists, athletes, and any child who has a dream, this illustrated biography of Mary Garber captures her feisty and determined spirit and brings her story to life."