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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Sue Park Narrator: Julie Pearl Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Both Maggie Fortini and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Unlike Joey-Mick, Maggie doesn’t play baseball—but at almost ten years old, she is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie can recite all the players’ statistics and understands the subtleties of the game. Unfortunately, Jim Maine is a Giants fan, but it’s Jim who teaches Maggie the fine art of scoring a baseball game. Not only can she revisit every play of every inning, but by keeping score she feels she’s more than just a fan: she’s helping her team.

Jim is drafted into the army and sent to Korea, and although Maggie writes to him often, his silence is just one of a string of disappointments—being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan in the early 1950s meant season after season of near misses and year after year of dashed hopes. But Maggie goes on trying to help the Dodgers, and when she finds out that Jim needs help, too, she’s determined to provide it. Against a background of major league baseball and the Korean War on the home front, Maggie looks for, and finds, a way to make a difference.

Even those listeners who think they don’t care about baseball will be drawn into the world of the true and ardent fan. Linda Sue Park’s captivating story will, of course, delight those who are already keeping score.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/19/2014

    " excellent book for baseball fans and history buffs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laina | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Linda Sue Park always manages to say something that I feel is worth sharing. Because of that, this is definitely a book I suggest. I found it very touching and very realistic. I loved Maggie, and I loved Jim. I'm not a baseball fan, however, and I felt a little weighted down by all the baseball, but the story wouldn't be the same without it. And really Park draws some interesting metaphors that run parallel through the story using baseball and Maggie's life. An incredible story, and incredible writer. Why can't more people read books like this instead of trashy ones about vampires? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laura | 2/16/2014

    " I read this book for a text set project in my tradebooks class. The book was a little slow for me but offered a look into history and conflict. This would be a great way to introduce the Korean War to student who loves sports. Filled with great lessons and information. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 2/12/2014

    " slice of life story that I could not get into "

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