Out of Left Field Audiobook, by Ellen Klages Play Audiobook Sample

Out of Left Field Audiobook

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Read By: Julie Dretzin Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780525632061

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Longest Chapter Length:

10:25 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

08 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

06:26 minutes

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Publisher Description

A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field! Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy Gordon is their best pitcher, even though she's a girl. But when she tries out for Little League, it's a whole different story. Girls are not eligible, period. It is a boy's game and always has been. It's not fair, and Katy's going to fight back. Inspired by what she's learning about civil rights in school, she sets out to prove that she's not the only girl who plays baseball. With the help of friendly librarians and some tenacious research skills, Katy discovers the forgotten history of female ball players. Why does no one know about them? Where are they now? And how can one ten-year-old change people’s minds about what girls can do?   Set in 1957—the world of Sputnik and Leave It to Beaver, saddle shoes and "Heartbreak Hotel"—Out of Left Field is both a detailed picture of a fascinating historic period and a timelessly inspiring story about standing up for equality at any age.

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“Narrator Julie Dretzin fully expresses Katy Gordon’s passion for all things baseball…Dretzin makes Katy’s determination to play palpable…[and] gives Dretzin ample opportunity to express her frustration. The author gracefully weaves in historical context and the stories of others who face prejudice, along with well-developed portrayals of Katy’s supportive all-female household. This well-told, discussion-inspiring story makes a great family listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A grand slam in every way.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Katy’s mom…is particularly well drawn, as she empowers her daughter to fight injustice.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Featuring powerful female characters, this is historical fiction that doesn’t drag for a second.”

    — School Library Journal


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Ellen Klages

Ellen Klages is the author of two acclaimed historical novels, The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O’Dell Award and the New Mexico Book Award, and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book awards. Her story, “Basement Magic,” won a Nebula Award, and “Wakulla Springs,” co-authored with Andy Duncan, which was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

About Julie Dretzin

Julie Dretzin, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actress who has appeared in Breaking Bad and several motion pictures, including the film adaptation of Alex Flinn’s Beastly.