Named after the mighty Babe Ruth, Ruth DiMarco has some big shoes to fill. But she’s already on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a major-league baseball player. Eleven-year-old Ruth is the star shortstop in her small Maine town, and now a reporter is coming to interview her for Sports Illustrated magazine. She’s at the top of her game. Then she overhears her father in the crowd: “Real major-league talent. But I can’t help thinking what a shame it is that it’s all wasted on a girl.”
Suddenly Ruth is doubting herself, her dream, and the game she loves. In search of answers, she looks to those closest to her: her best friend, Ellie, a self-proclaimed feminist; her father, a famous sportswriter; and her mother, a firefighter hero, who died eight years ago. But Ruth knows the truth lies within herself. The real question is: Without Sports Illustrated and Little League and Babe Ruth, who is Ruth DiMarco?
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This is Maria Testa’s first novel.From Booklist:
Gr. 3-6. At 11 Ruth Di Marco is the star baseball shortstop who can play better than any of the boys, and not just those in her small town on the coast of Maine. In fact, she's so good that a writer from Sports Illustrated comes to do a feature about her. The trouble is where can she go with her talent? When she overhears her widower dad say that it's all "wasted on a girl," she's devastated. The feminism and the family relationships are an integral part of the action. Ruth's mom fought to become a firefighter, but she died heroically in a blaze when Ruth was only three, and Ruth, her dad, and older brothers can barely voice their grief. What's best here, is the fast, furious, and competitive baseball play, which is a strong part of Ruth's lively, first-person narrative. The book will have a wide audience among middle-grade ballplayers and fans-boys as well as girls. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Yearling, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110440416698