Ten-year-old Dandi (affectionately called "Dan" by family and friends) lives and breathes baseball. She may not be a fence buster but she can "hit 'em where they ain't" in the neighborhood pick-up games. The boys know she's a contender. And there's no bigger fan of the 1961 Kansas City A's. So when Charlie Finley, the A's new owner, announces an essay contest to get batboys, there's no doubt Dandi will enter the contest. Dandi not only enters the contest--her essay wins! However, her joy is short-lived when the contest officials enforce the For Boys Only rule. Long before the boundary-breaking ruling of Title IX, young women across the country used grit and determination to prove that barriers of gender have no place on a level playing field. Dandi Daley Mackall's true-life story gives voice and testament to the spirit of these young sports pioneers.Dandi Daley Mackall conducts writing workshops across the United States and speaks at numerous conferences and young author events. She was an instructor at Highlights and taught novel writing for the Institute for Children's Literature. Her most recent Sleeping Bear Press book is Rudy Rides the Rails. Dandi lives in West Salem, Ohio. Renée Graef is well known as the illustrator for the "Kirsten" books in the American Girl children's book collection. She has also illustrated many books in the My First Little House series. Her books with Sleeping Bear Press include Paul Bunyan's Sweetheart and B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet. Renée lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
About the Author
Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of numerous books for children, including Larger-Than- Life Lara. She lives in West Salem, Ohio, with her husband and their three children.
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Girl Named Dan based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A pre-Title-IX story about a young tomboy who, although she plays a better game, is left out because she is a girl. The girls name is Dandy but everyone calls her Dan. She day dreams of being a superstar baseball player. After school she races home to change out of her dress, that she is required to wear to school. She runs back to the field only to be turned down because she is a girl. She finds out that the Kansas City A's are looking for a new batboy and there is going to be an essay contest to win the spot. Dan gets excited but then finds out the contest is for boys only. She enters the contest anyway as Dan. She wins but once they find out she is a girl they told her she couldn't win and that rules are rules. She received a jacket, cap, and a bat instead. She continued to play baseball with the boys and out scored them most of the time. Cute story. A true story none the less. The illustrations were very old-timey, like of the period she was writing in. A good girls can do anything book, but I was disappointed that she didn't get to be the batboy. I wanted a happier ending. It ended somewhat abruptly.
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