Mighty Jackie : The Strike-Out Queen
by Marissa Moss and C. F. Payne

Overview - An ALA Notable Children's Book
An ILA Teachers' Choice
A Read Aloud/Comstock Honor Book
An ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book

For as long as she could remember, Jackie Mitchell's father had told Jackie she could be good at whatever she wanted, as long as she worked at it.  Read more...

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More About Mighty Jackie by Marissa Moss; C. F. Payne
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An ILA Teachers' Choice
A Read Aloud/Comstock Honor Book
An ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book

For as long as she could remember, Jackie Mitchell's father had told Jackie she could be good at whatever she wanted, as long as she worked at it. Jackie worked at baseball. She worked hard. And before long Jackie could outplay anyone in her neighborhood--even the boys.

She had one pitch--a wicked, dropping curve ball. But no seventeen-year-old girl could pitch against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. It was unthinkable. Then on April 2, 1931, the New York Yankees stopped in Tennessee for an exhibition game against the Chattanooga Lookouts. And on that day Jackie Mitchell made baseball history.

Marissa Moss tells a true story of determination and heroism, a gem of baseball history sure to inspire ballplayers of all ages. And C. F. Payne's vibrant, glorious illustrations make the golden age of baseball come alive.

Other awards include:
Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee (KS)
Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
Capitol Choices List (DC)
Chickadee Award Nominee (ME)
Child Magazine's Guide to Top Books, Videos and Software of the Year
Delaware Diamonds Award Program Master List
Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee (NJ)
Kansas State Reading Circle List Starred Primary Title
Monarch Award Master List (IL)
South Carolina Book Award Nominee
Virginia Young Readers List
WA Children's Choice Picture Book Award Master List

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  • ISBN-13: 9780689863295
  • ISBN-10: 0689863292
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publish Date: January 2004
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 12.12 x 9.5 x 0.43 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.09 pounds

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Throwing like a girl

For the athletically inclined, Mighty Jackie, The Strike-Out Queen, by Marissa Moss, is the spirited story of an unlikely sports legend. Tennessee native Jackie Mitchell was a baseball nut as a kid, and she grew up perfecting her pitch even though girls weren't supposed to play the game. She went on to become a member of a small team called the Chattanooga Lookouts—and to make baseball history. On April 2, 1931, at the age of 17, Jackie pitched an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. Far from intimidated by her opponents, when she took to the mound, Jackie struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig—quite an accomplishment for a young pitcher! Marissa Moss, author of the popular Amelia's Notebook series, brings this slice of baseball history to vivid life with her energetic text. Capturing the essence of both the era and the game, the book's golden-hued paintings, contributed by award-winning illustrator C.F. Payne, make this an extra-special read for sports fans of all ages.

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