She Loved Baseball : The Effa Manley Story
The inspirational true story of an all-star of a woman—Effa Manley, the first woman to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first—and only—woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.
From author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Don Tate comes the remarkable story of an all-star of a woman.
Audrey Vernick is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including the picture books Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? and Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team. She is also the coauthor of the middle grade novels Two Naomis and Naomis Too. Audrey enjoys visiting schools to speak with young readers and writers. She lives with her family near the ocean in New Jersey
Don Tate is the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, such as Carter Reads the Newspaper and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, as well as the author-illustrator of books, including Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton. He is also a two-time recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Award for Writer, the winner of a 2016 Christopher Award, and a 2016 Texas Institute of Letters Literary Awards recipient
"Both author and illustrator are on top of their games as they bring this inspiring story to life." -School Library Journal (starred review)
“Vernick employs a matter-of-fact tone and highly descriptive, accessible language that not only provides a great deal of information but also captures both the essence of the era and Manley’s compassion and strength of character. ...readers will cheer.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Tate’s energetic illustrations harmonize well with Vernick’s fresh and engaging text. History favors the individuals in the spotlight: here’s an entertaining portrait of a woman who made significant strides behind the scenes.” -Publishers Weekly
“Vernick adds appeal to this straightforward biography with repetitive phrases that emphasize Manley’s activist spirit, while Tate’s slightly stylized acrylic paintings convey both the historical setting and the timeless excitement in the ballpark.” -Booklist
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