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The girl who threw butterflies

by Cochrane, Mick.

Format: Book on CD 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual juv CD COCHRANE Mick
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
Call Number  juv CD COCHRANE Mick
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Molly thinks that girls' softball is just baseball translated into a foreign language, so she tries out for the boys' baseball team. She can throw a wicked knuckleball, which floats and bobs like a butterfly (hence the title), and this skill, coupled with her intelligent baseball sense, earns her a spot on the team, thanks in part to a coach who is a patient and caring teacher. There is the initial expected harassment from some of her male teammates and an important game sequence during the last inning of this novel, but what transpires in between is an honest, sometimes humorous, and emotionally moving account of one girl's adjustment to the death of her baseball-loving father and her relationship with her mother, of whom Molly thinks, I love you and all that, but right now everything about you bothers me. Throw in a friendship with her catcher that heads in the direction of romance, and this title becomes a sure winner with middle-school girls, whether they are sports fans or not.--Dobrez, Cindy Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cochrane (Sport) revisits the baseball diamond in this unhurried novel about a girl with a mean knuckleball ("Molly loved watching one of her knuckleballs in flight, but what she felt was not self-admiration at all, just simple curiosity. What was this one going to do?"). Dealing with her father's death in a car accident six months prior and her mother's subsequent zombie-like disinterest in life, Molly hopes that playing on the eighth-grade boys' baseball team will keep her connected to her dad. Molly is bolstered by her free-spirited friend, Celia (who steals every scene she's in), and Lonnie, a kindhearted, artistically inclined catcher. Cochrane offers poignant flashbacks of father-daughter bonding, realistic mother-daughter squabbling and some nail-biting moments on the pitcher's mound, but some readers may find the story's pace sluggish. Still, Cochrane's honest, quiet prose should find fans, as Molly finally pitches a winning game, earns the respect of her teammates and symbolically "lets go" of her need to understand her dad's death. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Baseball -- Fiction.
Pitchers (Baseball) -- Fiction.
Sex role -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Baseball stories.
Pitchers (Baseball) -- Fiction -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Sex role -- Fiction -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Grief -- Fiction -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Friendship -- Fiction -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Buffalo (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Buffalo (N.Y.) -- Fiction -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2010
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Cabezas, Maria, narrator.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Maria Cabezas.
Language English
Description 4 audio discs (5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781440776069
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