Recommended for ages 9–12
Join author Ellen Klages, the winner of this year’s New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize for her novel Out of Left Field! She’ll discuss her remarkable book about a young heroine who uses both her baseball and research skills to battle discrimination in sports.
Out of Left Field tells the story of Katy Gordon, a talented athlete living in San Francisco in 1957. Despite Katy’s undeniable skills on the baseball field, she is kicked off of her local Little League team with a firm explanation from headquarters: “Since the beginning of baseball as an organized sport, it has always been the sole province of male athletes and will remain so.” Determined to prove that women can and should play baseball, Katy embarks on a research quest to find other women who played the sport and fight the Little League’s verdict.
According to the School Library Journal, Out of Left Field is a book that is “part sports, part rabble-rousing activism, and all around amazing.”