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Anybody's Game
Anybody's Game

Anybody's Game

Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

By Heather Lang, Illustrated by Cecilia Puglesi



32 Pages, 8 x 10

Formats: PDF

PDF, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $12.99)

Publication Date: March 2018

ISBN 9780807503812

Rights: WOR

Albert Whitman & Company (Mar 2018)

Not yet published. Ships 3/1/2018.


The true story of one dedicated girl and the obstacles she faced to play ball

In 1950, Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League, but an unwritten rule kept girls from trying out. So she cut off her hair and tried out as a boy under the nickname "Tubby." She made the team—and inspired future generations. An inspiring and suspenseful story about what it means to want to do something so badly you're willing to break the rules—and how, sometimes, breaking the rules can lead to change.


"Lang tells the tale in a direct and sympathetic manner, without maudlin sentimentality or anger, instead stressing Kathryn's love of baseball and her strength of character." —Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will admire [Kathryn's] grit and determination—particularly when she demands that her mother cut off her long braids so she can try out for Little League as 'a boy.'" —Publishers Weekly

"In this picture book biography, Lang doesn't leave baseball lovers stranded on base as game-related terminology is sprinkled throughout. Puglesi's digital artwork adds depth to the text, showing strong emotions on the characters' faces and containing fun hidden gems, especially for Yankees fans (notice the magazines and posters). The text works nicely with the illustrations and would make for a good one-on-one read." —School Library Journal?

Author Biography

Heather Lang is the author of several acclaimed titles including Queen of the Track and Swimming with Sharks. She lives with her husband and four children in Massachusetts. Cecilia Puglesi was born in Argentina. After receiving a Fulbright grant, she completed an MFA in computer arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She currently lives in Spain.