Sliding Into Home
It’s not fair! Thirteen-year-old Joelle Cunningham is passionate about baseball. But when her family moves to the small town of Greendale, Iowa, she quickly discovers that there are strict rules preventing her from playing on the school baseball team.
At Hoover Middle School, only boys play baseball. Girls play softball. Joelle tries to tell everyone they’re not the same sport. But no one is listening. Not Coach Carlyle who doesn’t want her on his team even though his baseball team is at the bottom of the league. Not Ms. Fenner, the softball coach who wants Joelle to use her big league swing on the girls’ team. Not even Jason, her older brother, who is too busy at college to be of much help.
But Joelle is determined to play baseball. 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 Dori 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.