Catching the Moon

By Kirkus Reviews

Marcenia Lyle wants to be a professional baseball player. But as an African-American female in the 1930s, she has many strikes against her. Her parents are loving, but realistic about her limited options. When the St. Louis Cardinals manager Gabby Street forms a boys’ baseball day camp, he refuses to consider allowing her to join. However, Marcenia dazzles him with her daring and skill until he agrees to let her join and even supplies the baseball shoes she lacks. Hubbard [chooses] to present a vignette… [and in the] afterword… the reader learns the facts of Marcenia’s real life as the first female player on a professional baseball team. [DuBurke’s] acrylic illustrations beautifully enhance the text…