Coming Up Short


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$17.99  $16.73
Harry N. Abrams
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.6 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Laurie Morrison taught middle school for ten years before writing Every Shiny Thing, her middle-grade debut with co-author Cordelia Jensen. She is also the author of Up for Air, and Saint Ivy. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Philadelphia.


"For every strong, brave kid who has ever felt like they're coming up short, this is a book about showing up for your team, but showing up for yourself first."
--Lindsey Stoddard, author of Just Like Jackie
"Author Laurie Morrison hits a home run with this heart-warming story about a star softball player who must deal with family disappointment and learn how to trust her friends and teammates, her family, and most of all, herself. Coming Up Short has the perfect lineup of friendships, first crushes, and family drama for a page-turning book. I loved everything about it!"
--Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter and Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai
"Coming Up Short is a gripping and relatable story with a big heart that will have readers thinking deeply about team, family, and responsibility--especially when it comes to the people we love."
--Alyson Gerber, author of Taking Up Space, Focused, and Braced
"A pitch-perfect middle school sports story that captures all the joy, love, and messiness of growing up, Coming Up Short hits an absolute home run."--Kate Messner, author of Breakout and Chirp
"There are lots of sports scenes for softball fans, but this is also a novel that realistically explores deeper psychological truths around friendship and family relationships. There's even a bit of sweet budding romance." --Kirkus Reviews
"Morrison's tale hits the ground running, and Bea's emotional journey is as deftly chronicled as her time at a softball camp, which backgrounds the summer of her recovery. There are no villains here, just people of all ages who've made decisions they regret but are learning to dust themselves off and do better."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books