Sliding Into Home
By Dori Hillestad Butler
(Peachtree Jr, Hardcover, 9781561452224, 192pp.)
Publication Date: March 2003
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It's not the same sport! Joelle tries to tell everyone. But no one is listening. Not Coach Carlyle -- even though his baseball team is at the bottom of the league, he doesn't want her on his team. Not Ms. Fenner, the softball coach -- she wants Joelle to use her big league swing to benefit the girls' team. Not her new friend, Elizabeth, who is growing tired of her complaints. Not even Jason, her older brother, who is too busy at college to be of much help.
But Joelle is determined to play baseball. And through some creative problem-solving and surprising alliances she finds a solution to her dilemma that brings the disputing sides together...and baseball to the girls of Greendale.
Author Doff Butler has created a high-spirited, indomitable character that young girls will admire and root for in this story of frustrated ambition and ultimate triumph.