Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues

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9.4 X 11.3 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Leah Henderson is the author of the middle grade novels One Shadow on the Wall, a Bank Street Best Book and a Children's Africana Book Award Notable, and The Magic in Changing Your Stars, as well as several picture books. Her work also appears in the anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America. Leah is on faculty in the Spalding University MFA program, and currently calls Washington, D.C., home.

George Doutsiopoulos graduated from the School of Economics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece in 2005, but he decided to pursue a career in illustration, his true passion. In 2006, he won a prestigious comic competition and received a three-year, full scholarship to AKTO Applied Arts College in Athens, Greece. He has created illustrations for publishing houses like Scholastic and Heinemann, gaming companies, and other companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He specializes in illustrations for books, children's books, board games, online games and advertising. In addition, George teaches drawing, sketching and illustration to both children and adults
The colorful, expressive artwork highlights Johnson's joy while also showing the oppressive racism faced by the ball player and her teammates. The afterword explains how Johnson's contributions to the sport have resonated through the years, earning recognition from Presidents Clinton and Obama. Readers who are unfamiliar with Johnson will walk away from Henderson's thoughtfully written picture book biography as fans of this resilient, über-talented ballplayer. An important purchase for most collections.-- "School Library Journal"
In this biography of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson...Henderson focuses on Johnson's determination and passion for the sport. . . .Johnson's grit appeals: "She would say, 'Don't emphasize the hardness of it, ' because she and the other players were doing what they wanted to do--playing the game they loved." Smoothly exaggerated realism gives Doutsiopoulos's illustrations an engaging cartoon flair.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Through informative prose and muscular illustrations, Mamie emerges as both small in stature and larger than life. . . .The artwork deftly works with the text to provide a memorable reading experience, Mamie's enthusiasm and determination shining from every page. . . .This compelling story of breaking barriers and perseverance is timely and essential. . . .An incredible tribute to an African American woman who dismantled racial and gender obstacles amid the civil rights movement.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
African American Mamie Johnson was just six years old when her uncle started to teach her about baseball and she soon proved to be a natural pitcher. Her talents were so remarkable that, as a child, she won a spot on the roster of an all-white boys' team, helping them win two division championships. Though she was able to break the color and gender barrier as a child, Mamie was not even allowed to try out for the segregated All American Girls Professional Baseball League when she graduated from high school, despite her talent. In 1953 she was drafted by the Indianapolis Clowns, making her one of the few women to play in the Negro Leagues, and her small stature earned her the nickname "Peanut." This well researched picture-book biography brings to life a little-known athlete who deserves much more attention and fame. (Ages 6-10)-- "Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)"