The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth

From the Series On My Own History

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Jackie Mitchell has always wanted to be a great pitcher, and she finally has the chance to become one! In her first minor league game, she is up against two of the greatest home-run hitters of all time—Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Does she stand a chance?

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2000-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.0
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007120, JNF054010, JNF025210
Dewey 796.357'092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 510
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 42818
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Illustrator: Jeni Reeves

Jeni Reeves is a painter and children's book illustrator with a background in communication and fine arts. Her illustrated picture books include authors' stories about world culture, history, biography, and folklore. Travel and study fuel Jeni's work, as does an abiding interest in history and language.

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On My Own History

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  • American Bookseller Kids' Pick of the Lists, Winner, 2000
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2000


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Fiery play action and the august presence of Ruth and Gehrig should keep boys’ interest blazing, but girls especially will relish vivid descriptions of Mitchell’s devilish pitching ability. Plenty of colored-pencil illustrations draw readers onto the diamond and reinforce the text. This should be a sure winner when biography report time rolls around.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books