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Anybody's Game

Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

Heather Lang, Cecilia Puglesi (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.99*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/1/2022)


In 1950, Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League, but an unwritten rule kept girls from trying out. So she cut off her hair and tried out as a boy under the nickname "Tubby." She made the team—and changed Little League Baseball forever. An inspiring and suspenseful story about what it means to want something so badly you'll break the rules to do it—and how breaking the rules can lead to change.

Praise For Anybody's Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

"Lang tells the tale in a direct and sympathetic manner, without maudlin sentimentality or anger, instead stressing Kathryn's love of baseball and her strength of character." —Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will admire [Kathryn's] grit and determination—particularly when she demands that her mother cut off her long braids so she can try out for Little League as 'a boy.'" —Publishers Weekly

"In this picture book biography, Lang doesn’t leave baseball lovers stranded on base as game-related terminology is sprinkled throughout. Puglesi’s digital artwork adds depth to the text, showing strong emotions on the characters’ faces and containing fun hidden gems, especially for Yankees fans (notice the magazines and posters). The text works nicely with the illustrations and would make for a good one-on-one read." —School Library Journal​

Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807503799, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2018

About the Author

Heather Lang is the author of several acclaimed titles including Queen of the Track and Swimming with Sharks. She lives with her husband and four children in Massachusetts. Cecilia Puglesi was born in Argentina. After receiving a Fulbright grant, she completed an MFA in computer arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She currently lives in Spain.