Thursday, July 24, 2008

baseball and Korea

Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
Genre: historical fiction, YA/children's
Challenge: A-Z (title)
Review: Like Linda Sue Park (as she says in her afterword), I don't remember learning to score a baseball game, but I know it was one of the many things my parents taught me to do as I was growing up. And like Maggie in this wonderful story, keeping score only added to my love of the game.

Park combines a story of a girl growing up with her love of the Brooklyn Dodgers (although the story ends before she would experience the ultimate disappointment of their move to Los Angeles) with a story about her concern about a friend who is sent to Korea and her growing awareness of the conflict there.

I couldn't give this book 5 stars because it gets a bit sappy near the end. But the rest of the book is well worth it, especially for Dodgers fans!

2 comments:

C. B. James said...

This sounds much like Doris Kearns Goodwin's memoir "Wait 'til Next Year" which is very good.

In fact, I have an old copy of it that I'll send you if you send me your mailin address. Seriously, consider yourself a winner!

You can contact me through my blog at
http://www.readywhenyouarecb.blogspot.com

C. B. James said...

I'm glad to hear she gives Goodwin a credit. I've entered you in my current giveaway. There may be a few books you've not read that you're interested in.