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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: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739365076
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Linda | 2/12/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/28/2014

    " Historical Fiction, early 1950's. Since I am not a baseball fan I didn't think I would like this book but all of the baseball talk was actually interesting. I might even enjoy a baseball game now. Maggie keeps score of all of the Dodgers games in a notebook. Each year she buys a new notebook to score each game. I had never heard of scoring games before and found this fascinating. One of her friends goes off to fight in the Korean war and returns silent from seeing the atrocities of war. My father was in the Korean war and he has never talked to me about it. After reading this book I realize that I need to find out about his experiences in Korea. All of my friends who love baseball would definitely enjoy this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/21/2014

    " Any young girl who loves historical fiction will enjoy this book. The audiobook is amazing with dialect true to the era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne Hsu Feldman | 1/20/2014

    " It does not take much for me to cry over characters and events in books. However, often I feel manipulated and eventually resentful because the author did something to "make" me cry for the wrong reasons. Not this one. My tears (they came toward the end in several places) were well worth the shedding. I got to really admire Maggie and completely believed in all her feelings: the indignation of how her prayers and sacrifices did not work out the way she had hoped for; the anger fits; the holding on to the hope; her compassion... Thank goodness that she is not perfect! But, so admirable and a character that readers might feel being able to emulate. I enjoyed reading the whole art of baseball score keeping and how Park weaves the baseball stories with the Korean War stories and the personal growth stories all into one neatly wrapped package. The fervor for the game is definitely palpable and contagious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/15/2014

    " One of my favorite authors. A beautiful story of baseball -- and a story of a nine-year-old girl who doesn't play, but learns to keep score, and in doing so, learns quite a bit about life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 1/10/2014

    " This was a really good book! The author is really good at describing how a 12 year old would think. It also has a good explanation of the Korean War and of course baseball. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 5/31/2013

    " I absolutely loved Maggie in this story, and I learned a lot I didn't know I would find interesting about baseball and keeping score. It doesn't matter what the subject is, I want to read every book by Linda Sue Park! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriella | 1/14/2013

    " It was a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/10/2012

    " I would only recommend this to people who love baseball. The setting (during the Korean "conflict") is a change and interesting but I can't really imagine any teens picking this up unless it was assigned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daria | 7/26/2012

    " I really liked the parts of this book that dealt with Maggie-O's relationships with her family, the guys at the fire station, and Jim. But truthfully, I could have done with a few less baseball references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Somers | 8/16/2011

    " If you love baseball you will enjoy this book. I love to keep a score book at a baseball game and Ms. Park does an excellent job of explaining baseball scoring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimbrely | 7/21/2011

    " The kids and I listened to this book on tape - and eventhough its about a young girl....its about baseball and the Korean War. We enjoyed it a lot despite the emotional ups and downs. Its well written and teaches wonderful lessons about hope and dealing with challenges at a child's level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dafna | 5/6/2011

    " Not being a baseball fan, I wasn't sure if this YA novel was going to capture me or not. Also, being familiar with Linda Sue Park's other work, I kept half-expecting a Korean-twist (which came, but later). But I found the narrator's love for the game compelling. Another good book by Park! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/16/2011

    " 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 Angela | 4/14/2011

    " Not a huge fan of this book. I would have like to have seen a little more about the war. I would have liked to have known how it effected her and her neighborhood. You MUST be a baseball fan to really enjoy this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nick | 4/5/2011

    " I think this book is a great reference to use if you are discussing the Korean War, or even talking about Conflict in stories. Although I thought this book was slow, I think it has a great meaning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 3/28/2011

    " This is a good book for baseball fans. It is also a good book to learn about the Korean war and what it was like to live in the U.S. during this time and to have friends who go to war. It was overall a great book though, I just didn't like the way that it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 1/16/2011

    " Very sweet book about a girl in love with the Dodgers and how she has to deal with a friend who goes off to the Korean War. He comes back very different, and she has to grapple with what that means for her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasuranna | 1/13/2011

    " This was a great story, and I learned a lot about baseball, a sport I knew almost nothing about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 1/8/2011

    " Not only did I really enjoy this book, but learned quite a bit about that time period in Brooklyn. And a lot about the Korean "War" that I didn't remember or learn in school. Fun! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 10/31/2010

    " Liked the main character, but there were too many baseball details to hold my interest. Overall I was bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 10/17/2010

    " I read this book for a program that we do in our school. I thought it would fit me because I am a sports person and it was a lot better than what I expected! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 8/24/2010

    " One of my favorite authors. A beautiful story of baseball -- and a story of a nine-year-old girl who doesn't play, but learns to keep score, and in doing so, learns quite a bit about life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimbrely | 8/3/2010

    " The kids and I listened to this book on tape - and eventhough its about a young girl....its about baseball and the Korean War. We enjoyed it a lot despite the emotional ups and downs. Its well written and teaches wonderful lessons about hope and dealing with challenges at a child's level. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kasey | 7/16/2010

    " No good. Way too slow for a kids' books. I have a hard time believing most kids would finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/21/2010

    " I didn't really like it. The whole point of the story was sort of lame. Some parts were really cute though, but the ending made me upset. =-[ "

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About the Author
Author Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and a book of poetry.