Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Strong Right Arm

Title: A Strong Right Arm
Author: Michelle Y. Green
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0-8037-2661-9, $15.99, 2002.

It's almost springtime and you know what that means? Its almost time of year to head out to the ball fields and take in a game. Baseball is loved by many people all over. Who hasn't heard the old familiar song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame. How did women get to play baseball? Baseball like everything was male dominated. Men and boys could play sports but for women and girls that just didn't happen. For black women it was even more unheard of. A poor black girl could never dream of playing sports with others and hitting the big time.

"A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson" is a biography which is sure to be loved by young baseball lovers. It is a very inspirational book for any girls or even boys who believe that they can't face up to the odds and be a success. Mamie's road to success in a boys sport does not come easy but for her the rewards are playing her favorite sport.

I'm a baseball fan and loved this book. The fact that this is a biography makes it that much more interesting. Its not just a made up story. Michelle Y. Green makes a home run with this book. Even Mamie Johnson would say this is a definite hit!