The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton

Audrey Vernick (Author) Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
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Description

Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno have again collaborated to bring us a captivating picture book about a compelling but little-known piece of baseball history. Beginning in 1922, when Edith Houghton was only ten years old, she tried out for a women's professional baseball team, the Philadelphia Bobbies. Though she was the smallest on the field, soon reporters were talking about "The Kid" and her incredible skill, and crowds were packing the stands to see her play. Her story reminds us that baseball has never been about just men and boys. Baseball is also about talented girls willing to work hard to play any way they can.

Product Details

Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
Clarion Books
Publish Date
March 29, 2016
Pages
40
Dimensions
9.4 X 0.4 X 10.6 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780544611634

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About the Author

Audrey Vernick has written more than a dozen books for young readers. An avid baseball fan, she lives with her family near the ocean in New Jersey. Visit her website at www.audreyvernick.com.

Steven Salerno has illustrated twenty-two picture books, some of which he also wrote. He lives in New York City. Visit his website at www.stevensalerno.com.

Reviews

2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List

"An engaging story that reminds readers that "baseball isn't just numbers and statistics, men and boys. Baseball is also ten-year-old girls, marching across a city to try out for a team intended for players twice their age."
-Horn Book

"Salerno's illustrations, variously rendered in charcoal, ink, and gouache, as well as digital color, lovingly evoke the time period and the settings. Much fascinating information about Edith's long and adventurous life is added in an author's note. A forgotten star shines anew."
-Kirkus Reviews

"[The Kid from Diamond Street] should especially appeal to those who enjoyed Vernick and Salerno's Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team. The compelling story and energetic illustrations make this an excellent addition."
-School Library Journal

"Salerno's mixed-media illustrations are a lively amalgam of action and scenic panorama..."
-Bulletin

"Choice quotations from [Edith] Houghton bring her personality and love of baseball to vivid life, while Salerno's mixed-media artwork channels the footloose energy of the Jazz Age..."
-Publishers Weekly

"This timely message about playing simply for the love of the game, as opposed to personal glory or celebrity, comes through loud and clear."
-Booklist