Out of Left Field - Ellen Klages

 

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

I love historical fiction and I love baseball and I love girls standing up for what they believe in, so of course I loved this! 

 

I have a lot to say about this book.

 

First, I LOVED that it took place in the Bay Area, because I am from the bay. The SF Giants are mentioned in this and they’re my favorite team (Go Giants!). Additionally, I liked that it talked about the San Fransisco Seals because truthfully I’ve never heard of them. 

 

I also loved the diversity. One of the main character’s friends, PeeWee Ishikawa, is Japanese American and at one point in the novel he brings up Japanese internment. I always appreciate it when books mention Japanese internment because it is something that still gets overlooked at times. I’m glad the book acknowledged it. Her other friend, Chip, is black and through her friendship with him she learns all about the Negro League and how the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was white only. That made the book intersectional so I was really happy to see that.  

 

If you didn’t already guess it, this book is jammed pack with information, both baseball and not baseball related. I ended up learning a lot about the history of women in baseball. The book takes place in 1957-1958, so it incorporates real life events that happened in those years as well (The Little Rock Nine, Sputnik, etc.). 

 

The overall storyline was good. It did a really tremendous job at showcasing how unfair it is that girls can’t play Little League. 

 

As a random side note, I loved the little mention of Walt Disney and his television program. I love Disney so any mention of him is always a plus in my book.

 

Overall, this was an amazing, informative, and inspirational book, and if you read it, be prepared to be schooled in women’s baseball!