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  • ISBN: 9780525554189
  • ISBN: 0525554181
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2020]

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Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    *Starred Review* Eleven-year-old Vivy has been pitching knuckleballs ever since meeting her baseball hero, VJ Capello, at an Autism Foundation event. When a Little League coach sees her practicing, he recruits Vivy onto the team, but not everyone is as happy about that as she is. Her overprotective mother refuses to believe Vivy can handle being the only girl on a competitive baseball team, and the coach's son—the team's star pitcher—bullies her mercilessly. Vivy's roller-coaster journey through the season is related exclusively through a series of letters, as what begins as fan mail to Capello becomes a regular correspondence between the young girl and the renowned pitcher. While the epistolary form stretches the bounds of believability—Vivy's messages are more first-person prose narrative than letter—the story is so undeniably charming, the sports so exciting, and the protagonist so sympathetic that readers will get sucked in. Kapit's debut is an exceedingly rare #OwnVoices account of an autistic girl—centered on that character—that gives a clear, authentic, and universally relatable representation of autism while still telling a positive, upbeat, feel-good story about a girl's fight to play the game she loves. Vivy's Jewish background, gay brother, and Latinx best friend bring an intersectionality to the novel that only adds to its appeal. A must for all collections. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Sarah Kapit lives in Bellevue, Washington with her husband and their goofy orange cat. She earned a PhD in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she's always happy to talk about the history of women, medicine, and any other history geek topic. She has a longstanding involvement in the disability rights and neurodiversity movements, and serves as chairperson of the Association for Autistic Community. Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! is her first novel.

Subject: Baseball > Fiction.
Autism > Fiction.
Pen pals > Fiction.
Letters > Fiction.
Family life > Fiction.

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