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Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

Uma Krishnaswami, Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator)


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Amelia Bloomer Project - Feminist Task Force, American Library Association (ALA)
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Asian/Pacific American Library Association
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
South Asia Book Award Highly Commended Book, South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC)
United Methodist Women Reading Program, United Methodist Women

Nine-year-old Maria Singh learns to play softball just like her heroes in the All-American Girls' League, while her parents and neighbors are struggling through World War II, working for India's independence, and trying to stay on their farmland.

Nine-year-old Maria Singh longs to play softball in the first-ever girls' team forming in Yuba City, California. It's the spring of 1945, and World War II is dragging on. Miss Newman, Maria's teacher, is inspired by Babe Ruth and the All-American Girls' League to start a girls' softball team at their school.

Meanwhile, Maria's parents-Papi from India and Mam from Mexico-can no longer protect their children from prejudice and from the discriminatory laws of the land. When the family is on the brink of losing their farm, Maria must decide if she has what it takes to step up and find her voice in an unfair world.

In this fascinating middle grade novel, award-winning author Uma Krishnaswami sheds light on a little-known chapter of American history set in a community whose families made multicultural choices before the word had been invented.

Tu Books, 9781600602610, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2017

About the Author

Uma Krishnaswami is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born in New Delhi, India, Krishnaswami now lives and writes in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Visit her online at