The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

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For an eighth grader, Molly Williams has more than her fair share of problems. Her father has just died in a car accident, and her mother has become a withdrawn, quiet version of herself.

Molly doesn’t want to be seen as “Miss Difficulty Overcome”; she wants to make herself known to the kids at school for something other than her father’s death. So she decides to join the baseball team. The boys’ baseball team. Her father taught her how to throw a knuckleball, and Molly hopes it’s enough to impress her coaches as well as her new teammates.

Over the course of one baseball season, Molly must figure out how to redefine her relationships to things she loves, loved, and might love: her mother; her brilliant best friend, Celia; her father; her enigmatic and artistic teammate, Lonnie; and of course, baseball.

Mick Cochrane is a professor of English and the Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

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MICK COCHRANE is a professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College. USA Today called his middle-grade novel, The Girl Who Threw Butterflies, "A lovely coming-of-age novel...seasoned with small doses of Zen, baseball lore and history."
Published February 24, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 194 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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She sees herself as a “brave-hearted poster girl, Miss Difficulty Overcome,” and as someone who “had become an island.” Impeccable syntax lends authenticity to the rocky road that is middle school, baseball practices and games, and to Molly’s relationships with her peers and with her mother.

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Cochrane (Sport) revisits the baseball diamond in this unhurried novel about a girl with a mean knuckleball (""Molly loved watching one of her knuckleballs in flight, but what she felt was not self-admiration at all, just simple curiosity.

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Willie Stargell, former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger, once said, "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox."

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