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Grade 2–4—In this fictionalized picture-book account of an incident from Mackall's childhood, it is 1961 and Dandi's dreams center on baseball. She roots for her local pro team, the Kansas City A's, and she's a solid player who can get on base when it counts. She's bitterly frustrated when the boys ban her from their pick-up games because she's a girl. Then she hears about an essay-writing contest that the A's are holding; the winner will get to be batboy. Although the rules state "for boys only," Dandi enters and wins, only to be disqualified. Instead, the A's send her a consolation prize, a bat. She announces to the boys that she's batting, hits the ball out of sight, and walks away, purposely leaving the bat behind. She stops rooting for the A's, her passion for writing and baseball unabated, and her spirit strong and undaunted. Mackall seamlessly weaves a good deal of baseball trivia and slang into her tale, and Graef's folksy paintings add detail and character. Dandi is an engaging and sympathetic heroine, and her story will resonate with many readers.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585363510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585363513
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dandi won her first writing contest as a 10-year-old tomboy. Her 50 words on "Why I Want to Be Batboy for the Kansas City A's" won first place, but the team wouldn't let a girl be batboy. It was her first taste of rejection.
Since then, Dandi Daley Mackall has become an award-winning author of over 400 books for children of all ages, with sales of 4 million copies in 22 countries. THE SILENCE OF MURDER is the winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery 2012. Recent picture books with Sleeping Bear Press include Legend of Ohio, Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story (Notable Book 2008 - Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People National Council of Social Studies & Children's Book Council; winner of the Angel Award, 2008; Winner of the "Award of Excellence" from Chicago Book Show 2007) and 2008 release, A Girl Named Dan (her own "batboy" story, and a lesson on Title IX), 2 Mom's Choice Awards & Amelia Bloom Award. Eva Underground, Harcourt young adult novel, nominated ALA Best Book 2007, starred Kirkus review, awarded a Top Teen Read by New York Public Library, finalist for Ohioana Award, was based on the author's experiences behind the Iron Curtain. Love Rules was awarded Romantic Times' Top Pick. Middle-grade fiction, Larger-than-Life Lara, Dutton/Penguin, which teaches how to write, while tackling the problem of bullying, is on the KY Bluegrass Award List 2007-8; William Allan White Award list, 2008-9; KS and KY Children's Choice lists. Her Winnie the Horse Gentler series has sold over half a million books and Starlight Animal Rescue is a Gold Medallion finalist. Dandi received the 2009 Helen Keating Ott Award for distinguished contribution toward promoting high moral and ethical values in children and young adult literature. She also received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2008 from the University of Missouri. Dandi is a national speaker, keynoting at conferences and Young Author events, and has made dozens of appearances on TV, including ABC, NBC, and CBS. Visit Dandi at www.dandibooks.com, winniethehorsegentler.com, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85oaIUbJ8j8

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Dandi, an athletic and competitive girl growing up during the early 1960s in Hamilton, Missouri, is a talented baseball player and a devoted fan. She knows all the baseball jargon and wants nothing more than to play ball with the boys during recess and after school. But at a time when the U.S. legal structure and social norms still did not give girls and women equal opportunities in sports, Dandi has little recourse when the boys decide they don't want her to join them in the ball field.

Determined to stay in the game, Dandi uses her other strong skill in writing to enter an essay contest held by the Kansas City A's to recruit batboys. In an attempt to bypass the "for boys only" requirement, she signs her submission with her nickname Dan. Dandi's experience teachers her that it takes more than a simple trick to be a winner and feel like a winner in any competition.

Although A Girl Named Dan focuses on baseball, parents and teachers can use this interesting book to teach children a powerful set of lessons about discrimination and how legal reforms have helped to change discriminatory practices. In this case, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits unequal treatment by sex in all education-related activities that receive federal financial assistance. The book provides a valuable opportunity to talk with children about the barriers that girls used to face within and outside of school, and the extent to which those barriers have changed.
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In 1972, 37 words that made up the Title IX of the Educational Amendment ended sex discrimination under federally financed educational programs. For one author that law hit close to home plate, it meant girls were given a chance - to play ball! Author, Dandi Daley Mackall, shares her spirit of determination in this historical account of her own childhood experience. Illustrator, Renee Graef, captures the emotional challenges of the characters in expressive realistic illustrations that compliment Mackall's voice as she retells her young tale. The raw grit of this narrative and baseball lingo will excite any Sports - man or woman. A Girl Named Dan, highlights one girl's desire to play baseball in a world that had not yet accepted female participation in boyish sports. After being shunned from the playing field by her schoolmates, Dan turns her attention to securing her place on the field, as a batboy, for the Kansas City A's. Though this girl named Dan faced major league disappointments, she found herself left with a surprising gift that led her down another path to a new field. Dandi Daley Mackall really is A Girl Named Dan, and her story reminds young girls to handle their defeats with strength, courage and optimism.

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I grew up playing baseball with my two brothers back in that same era and, though they always let me play with them in neighborhood games, I remember being jealous that they could be in Little League and I couldn't because I was a girl. Dandi Mackall's delightful book brought back so many memories and the fact that her story is true makes it all the better! Hooray for Dandi!
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Girl power all day-true story as well. Lets not separate our kids into gender roles from last century. Embrace your inner kick *ss!
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