By Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Terry Widener
In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting streak in baseball history. But when Betsy Ann goes missing, will DiMaggio keep hitting? Set on the brink of World War II, this is a spellbinding account of a sports story that united the country and made DiMaggio a hero, at a time when one was profoundly needed. Barb Rosenstock’s action-packed text and Terry Widener’s powerful illustrations capture DiMaggio’s drive as well as his frustration. The book also includes headlines, quotes, stats, and a detailed bibliography.
Awards & Honors: NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended, Bank Street Best Books of the Year, Junior Library Guild Selection and state lists in Kansas and Missouri. Thank you!
“A rousing and inspiring account of an athletic achievement that has yet to be bested.”
Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly
“With Terry Widener’s lovely, fluid paintings, author Barb Rosenstock mixes history, biography and romantic nostalgia.”
“DiMaggio’s remarkable hitting streak is freshly presented for a new generation of fans.”
“Rosenstock captures the drama surrounding the feat…”
School Library Journal
“Rosenstock ably places baseball fever in the context of DiMaggio’s times.”
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