*I was excited when this middle-grade novel came my way because I had several friends who had given it pretty high marks. Thank you to Dial Books for sending me a copy of the new book.
What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1. *Meet Vivy. She is eleven years old. She is autistic. She is also a baseball player.
2. *Well, at least she wants to be. And it won't be easy.
3. *After receiving a writing assignment at school, Vivy begins writing to a major league baseball player named V.J. Capello. To her surprise, he begins to write back.
4. *As Vivy nagivates the world of an all boys baseball team, she shares her feelings, experiences, and thoughts with V.J. He in return begins to share his life with her.
5. *Vivy finds it isn't easy to be the only girl, let alone autistic girl, on a baseball team; both on and off the baseball diamond.
What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
1. *Overall, I enjoyed the story of Vivy, V.J., and their correspondence with each other.
2. *I'm not a huge baseball fan, and some of the "details" of the game slowed me down in the reading, but I tried not to let that get in my way.
3. *The strong element of the story was the relationship that developed between Vivy and V.J. I so enjoyed the letters/emails between them.
4. *Of course no middle-grade story would be complete without the "bully" and this novel didn't disappoint in this department.
5. *Don't worry, there is also a wonderful peer friend to Vivy who warmed my heart on more than one occasion.
Who Should Read It:
*I believe all young readers will enjoy this story. If you know of a kid who loves baseball, this may be the perfect story for them. Readers in grades four, five, and six would be ideal for the book. I'm happy I read it and I think you will be too. Happy Reading!
Rating: 4 STARS out of 5 Stars