Mighty Jackie

The Strike-Out Queen

Illustrated by C. F. Payne
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About The Book

An ALA Notable Children’s Book
An ILA Teachers’ Choice
A Read Aloud/Comstock Honor Book
An ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book

For as long as she could remember, Jackie Mitchell’s father had told Jackie she could be good at whatever she wanted, as long as she worked at it. Jackie worked at baseball. She worked hard. And before long Jackie could outplay anyone in her neighborhood—even the boys.

She had one pitch—a wicked, dropping curve ball. But no seventeen-year-old girl could pitch against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. It was unthinkable. Then on April 2, 1931, the New York Yankees stopped in Tennessee for an exhibition game against the Chattanooga Lookouts. And on that day Jackie Mitchell made baseball history.

Marissa Moss tells a true story of determination and heroism, a gem of baseball history sure to inspire ballplayers of all ages. And C. F. Payne’s vibrant, glorious illustrations make the golden age of baseball come alive.

Other awards include:
Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee (KS)
Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
Capitol Choices List (DC)
Chickadee Award Nominee (ME)
Child Magazine's Guide to Top Books, Videos and Software of the Year
Delaware Diamonds Award Program Master List
Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee (NJ)
Kansas State Reading Circle List Starred Primary Title
Monarch Award Master List (IL)
South Carolina Book Award Nominee
Virginia Young Readers List
WA Children’s Choice Picture Book Award Master List

About The Author
photo credit: David Toerge

Marissa Moss is the bestselling creator of the perennially popular Amelia series as well as the Daphne’s Daily Disasters series. She lives in Berkeley, California. Visit her at MarissaMoss.com and at AmeliaBooks.com.

About The Illustrator

C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at CFPayne.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 2004)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689863295
  • Grades: K - 3
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Awards and Honors
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • Virginia Young Readers List
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Master List
  • Delaware Diamonds Award Program Master List
  • ALA Amelia Bloomer Project
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List Starred PrimaryTitle
  • Child Magazine's Guide to Top Books, Videos and Software of the Year
  • Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee (KS)
  • WA Children's Choice Picture Book Award Master List
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
  • Monarch Award Master List (IL)
  • Read Aloud/Comstock Honor Book
  • Chickadee Award Nominee (ME)
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