Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook (Hardcover)
Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062391803, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Dear fans of Dork Diaries and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life—meet your new favorite kid-next-door hero! Gabby Garcia an overly confident baseball-obsessed sport nut who’s going to win your heart.
If life were a baseball game, all-star pitcher Gabby Garcia would be having her Best. Season. EVER! Until she’s suddenly sent to another school and her winning streak is about to disappear—both on and off the field.
But Gabby never gives up! She has a PLAN to keep her champion status intact, and every step of is written out—PLAY by PLAY. How could it not work?
This new series written by Iva-Marie Palmer is filled with funny illustrations, sports facts, and blooper-reel moments that will have readers laughing and rooting for more.
About the Author
Iva-Marie Palmer is the author of the novels Gimme Everything You Got, The End of the World as We Know It, and The Summers. A former journalist in Chicago’s south suburbs and still a bit of a jock who loves to box, run races, and swing big at batting cages, Iva now lives with her husband and two sons in Burbank, California. You can find her online at www.ivamariepalmer.com.
Marta Kissi is a London-based illustrator originally from Warsaw. She studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University and MA Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Her favorite part of being an illustrator is bringing stories to life by designing charming characters and the wonderful worlds they live in. She shares a studio in London with her husband, James, and their pet plant, Trevor.
Praise For Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook…
— Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Whatever After series
“Big thumbs up for this endearing story of a winning-obsessed girl who learns to stop keeping score and enjoy the ups and downs of life.”
— Suzanne Selfors, author of the Ever After High series
“Sassy and fun from the first inning to the last! Gabby Garcia is sure to win fans among young readers everywhere.”
— Lenore Look, award-winning author of the Alvin Ho series and the Ruby Lu series
“Middle-grade readers will identify with Gabby’s preteen angst, laugh at her mostly self-inflicted struggles, and cheer for her success. Hilarious and joyful.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Gabby’s satisfying journey toward gaining a more team-focused attitude is narrated in a wry and witty voice that ought to win over many readers, sports fans or not.”
— Publishers Weekly
One of the “10 Exciting New Middle Grade Books with Latinx Main Characters”!
“It’s refreshing to see a female ballplayer protagonist in a middle grade novel.”
— School Library Journal
“It’s rare for a sports-themed book to hold broad appeal, but Iva-Marie Palmer deserves a trophy for serving up an engaging, relatable story about a Latina athlete that even gym-phobic kids can enjoy.”
— Common Sense Media