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Ten-year-old Molly competes for the attention of her father who seems to be only interested in cultivating the talent of Molly's older sister Allie, a star softball pitcher.
Molly, 10, tells the story of the year when her older sister Allie, the best fast-pitch softball pitcher in California, is expected to take her team, the Blazers, to the nationals. With her father devoting all of his time to coaching Allie's team, Molly feels left out. When she is drafted for the Blazers, Molly unexpectedly feels even worse. In a tale with myriad surprising twists and no outright scoundrels, Molly's obsessed father gets some well-deserved comeuppances, but recognizes his own folly in time to make things right. Utterly engrossing from the first page, this novel offers exacting insights on and off the field, where family dynamics, Molly's friendship with an understanding and supportive boy, and scenes of imaginative play all carry the ring of emotional truth.