Throwing Like a Girl

Throwing Like a Girl

by Weezie Kerr Mackey


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Throwing Like a Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey

"I love being on this bus with all these girls who play sports, even if Sally Fontineau, who wants to ruin my life, is half a bus in front of me. It’s not like every girl is my best friend. It’s just a thing I feel a part of. It makes everything different."

No one asks Ella how she feels about moving halfway across the country in the middle of her sophomore year. But she ends up in Texas anyway, without plans for the weekend or friends to guide her through the alien campus of her new private school. So she decides to try out for the softball team—and she makes it! Now if only she knew how to throw, hit, and field the ball. "This is the part you can’t read in a book. You just have to do it." Ella has a lot to learn—on and off the field.

Softball changes Ella’s life, for better and for worse. She discovers a confidence she never knew she had and makes new friends—and enemies. When Ella falls for her snotty teammate’s gorgeous brother, suddenly she isn’t just fielding balls, she’s also dodging evil glares from girls in class and on the team.

If Ella’s going to survive this year, she’ll have to set some ground rules and learn to stand up for herself—in the game and in her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761456063
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 562,219
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Weezie Kerr Mackey grew up in a suburb of Chicago, where she began her sports career. Later, while studying English literature at Trinity College in Connecticut, she continued her athletics, playing field hockey, squash, and softball. After college, she took a job teaching P. E. and coaching girls’ field hockey, soccer, and softball at the Greenhill School in Dallas, which became the inspiration for Ella’s story in Throwing Like a Girl, her first novel. Equipped with an MFA in creative writing, she now writes, works, and lives in Fairfield, Connecticut, with her husband and their two sons.

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Throwing Like a Girl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Throwing Like A Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey is about a 15 year old girl who¿s parents make her move from her hometown in the heart of Chicago to the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas during the spring of her sophomore year. Although she has never played softball she decides to tryout for the team in hopes to meet new people. Throughout the book she follows her instinct and helps her new friends and in the process falls for her cute partner in Behavioral Science class. Ella Kessler is the protagonist in the story. Although her parents just made her move she is optimistic about life in Texas. Throughout the novel she is helping other people and always puts her best foot forward. Rocky O¿Hara is responsible for taking care of her entire family even though she is only senior. Her mother¿s death and responsibilities at home required her to quit softball years before, but with Ella¿s help and determination she is able to rejoin the softball team mid-season. Nate Fontineau is Ella¿s partner in class. At first glance he appeared to be just another jock but he really is a down to earth guy who is even in the school play. As the story progresses Nate and Ella¿s friendship grows and they end up going to prom together. ¿As we run off the field howling and cheering, we toss our gloves into a pile, trade caps for batting helmets, and slap each other on the backs. `You can do it,¿ Coach keeps saying. `Base hits. Base hits. One more inning. This is your¿¿ And then she stops talking. Frannie says, `You swallow a sunflower shell, Coach?¿ But she still doesn¿t say anything. Past the stands a group of families has gathered to cheer for us. My first thought is that they¿re at the wrong field, because I don¿t recognize them. I don¿t think anyone does, until the men put on their bright yellow hard hats. And Mack Elliot steps out from behind them.¿ The softball field at the school is at the edge of the campus right next to a construction site. Debris from the building usually litters the field until one day Coach goes to talk to the supervisor, Mack Elliot, about the problem. To make up for the trouble they had caused Elliot sends flowers to Coach and takes her to dinner. Every day during practice the workers sit on top of the building and watch. It¿s like they are the personal fan club for the team. Showing up at the State Championship like they did showed how much support the team had from the community. In the softball game just before prom Ella gets hit with the ball and gets a fat lip. I thought it was great that she didn¿t make a big deal over it and just let it go. Her date just said, ¿You look really beautiful either way,¿ showing that in life people won¿t care that much. I also thought it was unusual that they had peacocks roaming around the school campus. In the book there are all different characters all with different personalities. Just like in life Ella must overcome the difference and learn to live with it. Even though there are some girls she doesn¿t like, she is cordial and just sticks with her group of friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave this to my niece as Christmas gift and she finished it 4 days later. She loved it and even said she wished it was a series. Any book that leaves a kid wanting to read more is a winner!
Immortal-princess More than 1 year ago
this book was really good it has alot og hight school drama,like falling in love with a boy,a mean girl alot more. Ella really kinda growns in this book. so read this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting and an enjoyment to read. It shows teenager that it is not the end of the world if one little thing changes in your life, and it shows that you can find some the greatest thing in life in place you may never of imagined. No one asks Ella how she feels about moving halfway across the country in the middle of her sophomore year. But she ends up in Texas anyway, without plans for the weekend or friends to guide her through the campus of her new private school. So she decides to try out for the softball team, and she makes it! Now if only she knew how to throw, hit, and field the ball. Not to mention he partner for her life science class is the hottest guy in the school and everything is going well, and she thinks this guy may actually likes. Then, his bratty little sister, who is also on the team, messes up everything. I believe this book is very well written with a lot detailed descriptions, which helped me visualize what Ella is going through. The only thing that I didn't enjoy so much was how it skipped around so much; it was a little complicated to keep up with. This book kept my attention the entire time, there wasn't a single dull moment, and I absolutely loved it. This is defiantly a book teenagers can relate too. If you enjoy books about real life experiences that teenagers face, then I suggest that you go out and get this book right away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book from a friend who knows the other. although im opinionated and dislike dallas( being a houstonian). this book is very lovable, especially if you like softball! the schools are in fact real in the book ( go sjs!!!! and im not such a big fan of kinkaid) and this makes it feel like a real story. but also it is your typical girl gets boy (just their's a twist with the softball)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is about a 15 year old girl (Ella) who moves to a small town in Texas, she is put into a science class, where of course the hottest,most popular, and nicest guy is. They start a Marriage project and she gets assigned with him. But its not just about that, its where Ella has never really played any sports and she finds that when she tries out for softball she is good and loves it! Her year has its ups and downs, but she finds a way through the problems and never gives up in softball. I highly recommend this book for middle schoolers, it is an easy read but really keeps you turning the pages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite a recent move to a new home town, a run in with a not so nice girl clique, and a potential new crush, Ella shows us all how to not only conquer our insecurities and fears, but soar in spite of them. Added to the fun is the delighful, fast paced writing, and the carefully crafted tension between Ella and Nate, which runs nicely alongside the nailbiting questions, will Ella's team win the softball championship, overcome the mean girls and get the boyfriend.