Park, Linda Sue. Keeping score.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

PARK, Linda Sue. Keeping score. Houghton Mifflin, Clarion Books. 208p. c2008. 978-0-818-92799-9. $16.00. J

This is a book to share with younger teens who love baseball. Following the same time period as Doris Kearns Goodwin's memoir, Wait Till Next Year, this is the story of young Maggie and how keeping the scores of Brooklyn Dodger games allows her to interact with the firefighters in her father's fire company. Baseball is a connecting thread in the life of the community, so as Maggie walks down the street she can keep track of the game as it blares on the radios up and down the street in the neighborhood. While hanging out at the station house, Maggie meets Jim Maine, a Yankee fan; but he also keeps score of the games. Maggie is fascinated by the graphic representation of the game and soon learns how to keep score herself. When Jim is drafted and sent to Korea, Maggie writes to the young soldier, sharing game results with him. He introduces...

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