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!


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

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.