Some Kind of Pride

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By Maria Testa
Published by Delacorte and  Yearling
Ages 8-12
Hardcover, Paperback

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The ball game cannot be over; I cannot let it end.  If I do, I know that it will be the second great loss of my life.  Named after the mighty Babe Ruth, Ruth DiMarco has some big shoes to fill.  But she’s already on the way to achieving her dream of becoming a major-league baseball player.  Eleven-year-old Ruth is the star shortstop in her small Maine town, and now a reporter is coming to interview her for Sports Illustrated magazine.  She’s at the top of her game.  Then she overhears her father in the crowd: “Real major-league talent.  But I can’t help thinking what a shame it is that it’s all wasted on a girl.”

Suddenly Ruth is doubting herself, her dream, and the game she loves.  In search of answers, she looks to those closest to her: her best friend, Ellie, a self-proclaimed feminist; her father, a famous sportswriter; and her mother, a firefighter hero, who died eight years ago.  But Ruth knows the truth lies within herself.  The real question is: Without Sports Illustrated and Little League and Babe Ruth, who is Ruth DiMarco?

Awards & Accolades
• A Junior Library Guild Selection
• Winner of the Marguerite de Angeli Prize, Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
• Bank Street College Best of the Best Children’s Books
• Amelia Bloomer List of Recommended Feminist Books for Youth (ALA)

“Her skills and love of the game are unequaled, yet there are many more elements to make this novel compelling beyond baseball.  Non-sports enthusiasts will relate to the girl’s quirky best friend, the relationships among her family members, and the reporter’s presence in her life . . . [a] rewarding read.”  —School Library Journal

“The book will have a wide audience among middle-grade ballplayers and fans – boys as well as girls.”  —Booklist

“Some Kind of Pride is for any kid bucking the system and puts a positive twist on the remark, ‘you throw like a girl!’”  —KidsReads.com

“This is a coming of age story with depth and beauty, recommended for both girls and boys who wonder where they are headed and how they will achieve their potential.”  —Children’s Literature