Guide to Juvenile Baseball Books: C

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Fiction that works more as a set of linked stories than a single narrative. See Carlson's short stories.

Fast-moving formula fiction. "Bill J. Carol" is a pseudonym for novelist Bill Knott.

Translated into English by Sheila Fischman as The Longest Home Run (Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books, 1993).

Well-written Young Adult fiction with exciting game action and intelligent use of themes of divorce, abuse, and balancing school against athletics.

Early, Young Adult treatment of the first woman big-leaguer theme that would find its best expression in Gregorich. The story here is matter-of-fact, strenuously avoiding any suggestion of melodrama or sensation. Young Ruth Marini simply picks up her glove, heads to spring training, and starts striking out the pros. At one point, when she gets off an airplane, "There were also two unexpected persons waiting for Ruth -- a reporter and photographer" (109). One reporter and one photographer for the first woman to play organized baseball? But Cebulash's novel is earnest, extolling the complementary virtues of hard work and self-confidence. It's not exasperating, just excessively placid. Two sequels, tracing Ruth's rise to major-league stardom, followed; but the series was short-lived.

Similar to Quarrington, but for kids; sort of a Harry Potter of the Pacific Northwest, with baseball standing in for Quidditch.

Criticism: Colbran