"I love being on this bus with all these girls who play sports, even if Sally Fontineau, who wants to ruin my life, is half a bus in front of me. It’s not like every girl is my best friend. It’s just a thing I feel a part of. It makes everything different."
No one asks Ella how she feels about moving halfway across the country in the middle of her sophomore year. But she ends up in Texas anyway, without plans for the weekend or friends to guide her through the alien campus of her new private school. So she decides to try out for the softball team—and she makes it! Now if only she knew how to throw, hit, and field the ball. "This is the part you can’t read in a book. You just have to do it." Ella has a lot to learn—on and off the field.
Softball changes Ella’s life, for better and for worse. She discovers a confidence she never knew she had and makes new friends—and enemies. When Ella falls for her snotty teammate’s gorgeous brother, suddenly she isn’t just fielding balls, she’s also dodging evil glares from girls in class and on the team.
If Ella’s going to survive this year, she’ll have to set some ground rules and learn to stand up for herself—in the game and in her life.
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About Weezie Kerr Mackey
Weezie Kerr Mackey
grew up in a suburb of Chicago, where she began her sports career. Later, while
studying English literature at Trinity College in Connecticut, she continued
her athletics, playing field hockey, squash, and softball. After college, she
took a job teaching physical education and coaching girls’ field hockey,
soccer, and softball at the Greenhill School in Dallas, which became the
inspiration for Ella’s story in Throwing
Like a Girl, her first novel. Equipped with an MFA in creative writing, she
now writes, works, and lives in Fairfield, Connecticut, with her husband and their
About Angela Dawe
Angela Dawe is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator based in the Midwest. Her work as an actor has included roles in theater, film, and television, as well as improv and sketch comedy with such theaters as Second City and the Annoyance. In the literary world, Angela has received multiple awards and nominations for her work as an audiobook narrator, and is a published fiction author herself. She holds a BA in philosophy, so if the writing/performing work dries up, she has something to fall back on.