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Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park

Keeping Score - coverSummary: In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a “Bums” (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them. 202 p., Clarion Books.

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3 thoughts on “Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park

  1. On the surface this book is about baseball, the 1950s, and the Korean war, but on another level it is about the different things we hope for. The main character is a girl, but I’m wondering if guys will like this book too, because of the baseball and military elements. What do you think guys?

  2. Usually I am a big fan of this authors books but I felt that this book was rather disappointing. I liked the plot because of its depth as well as its various subplots and subject matter but I thought that the writing stile and the character development was not as descriptive nor as informative as I think it should be. Although I am sure that some in our group will disagree with me, I do not think that this book is a Newbery winner.

  3. I’ve read so many books this year about people at home while someone like a freind or brother is in some war. This one was different, with its emphasis on baseball, although the plot is deeper than that. Sometimes I felt like certain parts of the book ended too abruptly and needed maybe only one more sentence to seem more completed. Like for the first World Series game mentioned, the book doesn’t tell you who won (except that its not the Dodgers). For me this book came close to being a Newbery candidate, but didn’t quite cut it.

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