Out of Left Field

Out of Left Field

by Ellen Klages


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425288603
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: The Gordon Family Saga Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 34,902
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

ELLEN KLAGES is the author of two acclaimed historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O'Dell Award and the New Mexico Book Award; and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book awards. Her story "Basement Magic" won a Nebula Award, and "Wakulla Springs," co-authored with Andy Duncan, was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. She is a graduate of Second City's Improv program, and has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, leading to many odd jobs that began with the letter P (proofreader, photographer, painter, pinball arcade manager). She lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

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“Gor-don! Gor-don!”

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Out of Left Field 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RgBooktrovert More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction and this one didn't disappoint! I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put this gem down, Miss Klages' writing is perfect and set the tone nicely for the book. I loved the plot and the ending was semi-satisfying but bittersweet. I loved Katy throughout the book, she's strong, kind, and she's got a great arm. The supporting characters were nice as well, Peewee and Katy's Mom being my other favorites. Aside from female rights the author includes the injustices against different races and such which I really liked. I also loved the bits about Sputnik just because I'm a nerd hahahaha! All in all I ended up loving this book and if you haven't read it you should drop everything and read it now! Rating: 5 Stars! FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW
AngRI More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book full of great characters, great history and great messages! My Review: I received this book from the Publisher, the following is my honest review. Being that baseball season is in full swing and this one features a young girl fighting for a chance to play with the boys in Little League, I knew I needed to read this one. I really ended up loving Katy, and especially her Mom and sisters (even though they never make an appearance), they are such great examples of going after what you want and believe in no matter what society tells you. They really support and push Katy, but they also don't do the work for her, which I was really happy to see. While I didn't feel like the focus on the space race was entirely necessary to the story (though it makes sense when you read up on the author) but it did help to keep the setting in the appropriate time period of the late 50s. With that said, this was a very well researched story, I had seen the movie A League of Their Own many times but I had no idea about all the history of women in baseball. This is definitely a book that young readers will enjoy, just as much as adult readers. Don't forget to continue after the story is finished for some facts about the great women of baseball history, I learned so much about them and am intrigued to continue my own research! My Rating: I found this book so intriguing, I loved all the research, the characters and the setting, and of course the message about equal rights. I definitely give this book a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!!