Girl Wonder by Deborah Hopkinson & Terry Widener
A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

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Did you ever hear
the story
of the
Girl Wonder?

Alta Weiss was born to play baseball, simple as that. From the age of two, when she hurls a corncob at a pesky tomcat, folks in her small Ohio town know one thing for sure: She may be a girl, but she's got some arm.
When she's seventeen, Alta hears about a semipro team, the Independents. Here's her big chance! But one look at Alta's long skirts tells Coach all he needs to know -- girls can't play baseball!
Faster than you can say "strike out!," Alta's convinced him to give her a chance. And so with the crowd buzzing and the big game up to her, Alta steps up to the pitcher's mound, determined to prove everybody wrong.
Inspired by the life of pioneering female baseball player Alta Weiss, and dramatized by Terry Widener's bold illustrations, Girl Wonder tells the unforgettable story of a true American original.

About Deborah Hopkinson & Terry Widener

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Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and Apples to Oregon, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night. She lives in Oregon. Visit her on the Web at
Published June 11, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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A winning author-illustrator team hits a home run with this top-notch tale about Alta Weiss, who played semi-pro baseball in early 1900s.

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Growing up on an Ohio farm in the early 1900s, the girl aims at a target on a bale of hay as she practices her pitching in the barn, where the cows "turned their saucer eyes to watch me—my first fans!"

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