Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen Features Strong Girl Athletes

October 1, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—In Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen, coming this fall from Carolrhoda Books®, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, debut author and illustrator Beth Mills offers a pitch-perfect look at being a good sport—while also playing to win.

First grader Ella McKeen is the undisputed kickball queen until a new girl named Riya shows up . . . and promptly shows her up at recess. Ella does not handle losing well. She throws herself on the grass and screams while the rest of the class watches her fall apart. How will she be able to show her face on the kickball field again?

A funny, relatable story about kickball and temper tantrums, Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen will help young readers foster new ways of being a good sport without giving up their competitive spirit.

Advance Praise for Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen:
“Readers will close this emotionally intelligent book with strong feelings—and will likely ask to hear it again and again.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Emotions ring true in this relatable story. A good read-aloud choice to spark discussion.”—School Library Journal

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Since 1969, Carolrhoda Books®, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, has been publishing award-winning, high-quality picture books, middle-grade fiction, and nonfiction titles that spark children’s imaginations and offer new ways of looking at the world.

Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen
September 2019
$17.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook Also Available
Ages 5–9
HC: 978-1-5415-2897-0
32 Pages ● 9 1/4 × 11

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