A Girl Named Dan

Ten-year-old Dandi (affectionately called "Dan" by family and friends) lives and breathes baseball. She may not be a fence buster but she can "hit 'em where they ain't" in the neighborhood pick-up games. The boys know she's a contender. And there's no bigger fan of the 1961 Kansas City A's. So when Charlie Finley, the A's new owner, announces an essay contest to get batboys, there's no doubt Dandi will enter the contest. Dandi not only enters the contest--her essay wins! However, her joy is short-lived when the contest officials enforce the For Boys Only rule. Long before the boundary-breaking ruling of Title IX, young women across the country used grit and determination to prove that barriers of gender have no place on a level playing field. Dandi Daley Mackall's true-life story gives voice and testament to the spirit of these young sports pioneers.Dandi Daley Mackall conducts writing workshops across the United States and speaks at numerous conferences and young author events. She was an instructor at Highlights and taught novel writing for the Institute for Children's Literature. Her most recent Sleeping Bear Press book is Rudy Rides the Rails. Dandi lives in West Salem, Ohio. Renée Graef is well known as the illustrator for the "Kirsten" books in the American Girl children's book collection. She has also illustrated many books in the My First Little House series. Her books with Sleeping Bear Press include Paul Bunyan's Sweetheart and B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet. Renée lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey E
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585363513), PDF (9781627535809), Hosted ebook (9781627536141)
Copyright 2008, 2014
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Kansas State Reading Circle Selection for the Catalog in the Intermediate School Division, Short-listed, 2009
  • Mom's Choice Award--Gold: Children's Picture Book History & Civics Category, Winner, 2009
  • Amelia Bloomer List/Picture Book Category, Short-listed, 2009
  • Mom's Choice Award--Gold: Children's Picture Book Inspirational/Motivational Category, Winner, 2009
  • The Crystal Book Award of Excellence, Winner, 2008

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Author: Dandi Daley Mackall

Dandi Daley Mackall has published more than 350 books for children and grown-ups, with sales of $3 million in 22 countries. Her publishers include Prentice-Hall, Simon & Schuster, Dutton/Penguin-Putnam, HarperCollins, Harcourt, DreamWorks, Disney, Warner Brothers and Hanna Barbera. Although she has always been interested in Native American culture and history (with the rumor of a distant Native American branch in her own family tree), The Legend of Ohio is her first Native American legend.Dandi is a frequent guest on radio talk shows; has hosted more than 200 radio phone-in programs; and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She was an instructor for Highlights conference and teaches novel writing for the Institute of Children's Literature. Dandi conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the U.S. and keynotes at conferences and young author events. She writes from rural Ohio with her husband, Joe, children Jen, Katy and Dan and their horses, dogs and cats.

Illustrator: Renée Graef

Renée Graef and her children spent many of her birthdays walking the 990-foot breakwater to reach the Port Washington Lighthouse. She has illustrated over 80 books for children including T is for Time; D is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet; the “Kirsten” books in the American Girl Collection; and many of the My First Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Renée splits her time between Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, California. Learn more about her work at www.reneegraef.com.

Full-color illustrations