Throwing Like a Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey

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"I love being on this bus with all these girls who play sports, even if Sally Fontineau, who wants to ruin my life, is half a bus in front of me. It’s not like every girl is my best friend. It’s just a thing I feel a part of. It makes everything different."

No one asks Ella how she feels about moving halfway across the country in the middle of her sophomore year. But she ends up in Texas anyway, without plans for the weekend or friends to guide her through the alien campus of her new private school. So she decides to try out for the softball team—and she makes it! Now if only she knew how to throw, hit, and field the ball. "This is the part you can’t read in a book. You just have to do it." Ella has a lot to learn—on and off the field.

Softball changes Ella’s life, for better and for worse. She discovers a confidence she never knew she had and makes new friends—and enemies. When Ella falls for her snotty teammate’s gorgeous brother, suddenly she isn’t just fielding balls, she’s also dodging evil glares from girls in class and on the team.

If Ella’s going to survive this year, she’ll have to set some ground rules and learn to stand up for herself—in the game and in her life.

 

About Weezie Kerr Mackey

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Weezie Kerr Mackey grew up in a suburb of Chicago, where she began her sports career. Later, while studying English literature at Trinity College in Connecticut, she continued her athletics, playing field hockey, squash, and softball. After college, she took a job teaching P. E. and coaching girls field hockey, soccer, and softball at the Greenhill School in Dallas, which became the inspiration for Ellas story in Throwing Like a Girl, her first novel. Equipped with an MFA in creative writing, she now writes, works, and lives in Fairfield, Connecticut, with her husband and their two sons.
 
Published November 27, 2012 by Skyscape. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When 15-year-old Ella Kessler moves with her parents from Chicago to Dallas, she's less than thrilled.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Throwing Like a Girl

Publishers Weekly

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M ackey deftly throws out a winning tale narrated by a teen who moves with her parents from Chicago to Dallas in the spring of her 10th-grade year. In forthright, o

May 14 2007 | Read Full Review of Throwing Like a Girl

Kansas City Public Library

But with her news friends to support her she learns that being yourself is probably the greatest thing you can ever do.

May 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Throwing Like a Girl

Gr 6–10—Ella dreaded her family's move from Chicago to Dallas halfway through her sophomore year in high school. At her fancy new private school, she seems to be the only one being driven there by her mother. If only she had her license. However, things start to change when she tries out for soft...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Throwing Like a Girl

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