A girl growing up today can join a baseball team if she wants to. In the past, things were different. “Katie’s League,” the featured story from the March/April issue of Stone Soup, chronicles the struggles of Katie, a girl growing up in the 1940s. Katie loves baseball, and she’s really good at it. Her late dad understood her passion. She’s not sure her mom would understand, so she hides the T-shirt, jeans, and baseball cap she wears when practicing from her mom. She is teased by a boy named Billy Archer and berated by the baseball coach. By chance, the team manager meets Katie and decides that a girl on the team might be good for publicity. Now it’s up to Katie to prove herself. Can she do it? Will her mom accept her as she is? Read this moving story by 12-year-old Emily Worrell and enjoy 13-year-old Ava Blum-Carr’s illustrations. Then let us know what you think!
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