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Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story Hardcover – February 14, 2015
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Gr 1–3—McCully takes a brief look at the career of Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major-league exhibition game and the first person to play on the New England and American leagues' all-star teams. This story begins in 1900 in Warren, RI, when Murphy's father, who played amateur baseball, declared her a natural at age six. Murphy played catch with her brother, Henry, who was on a local team, but she wanted to play first base. Though her mother voiced the prevailing sentiment of the day ("'It's not a game for girls'"), Murphy persevered and convinced the captain of her brother's team to let her play when she was eight. Life was not easy in the 1900s, and by age 12, the girl was working in the mills, but she was still athletic, swimming, running, and playing ice hockey. By age 15, she was a regular on two amateur teams, and at 18, she had a contract. When the manager tried to cheat her out of her pay, Murphy's cleverness and determination took over; she was never short-changed again and played professional ball for the next 17 years. Realistic drawings in acrylic ink reflect the attire of the times, particularly Murphy in her feminine dresses. The scenes that show her being shunned and then gradually accepted by the boys are particularly well done. The dialogue-heavy narrative and subject matter will easily appeal to readers. McCully's book is both a good all-round baseball story and an inspirational story about believing in oneself and overcoming opposition. An excellent choice.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
“McCully shows a keen eye for the attire and social mores of the era in a rousing story of a girl's dedication to the sport she loves.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Using the classic struggle between the underdog and the powerful, McCully introduces Lizzie Murphy, who, at the beginning of the twentieth century, parlays her love for baseball into a successful career.” ―The Horn Book
“Caldecott medalist McCully tells this compelling story skillfully . . . A rewarding sports biography.” ―Booklist
“McCully's book is both a good all-round baseball story and an inspirational story about believing in oneself and overcoming opposition. An excellent choice.” ―School Library Journal
Top customer reviews
Pros: An interesting and little-known story about a woman athlete who refused to give up her dream despite enormous obstacles. Emily Arnold McCully doesn’t disappoint with either the story or the illustrations.
Cons: Too bad Lizzie didn’t blaze a trail into MLB for other women.
This story boasts skill, liveliness, women's suffrage, gender equality and most of all, fun.
Written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully, published as a Margaret Ferguson Book by Farrar Straus Giroux.
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