Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh
By Uma Krishnaswami
Nine-year-old Maria Singh longs to play softball in the first-ever girls’ team forming in Yuba City, California. It’s the spring of 1945, and World War II is dragging on. Miss Newman, Maria’s teacher, is inspired by Babe Ruth and the All-American Girls’ League to start a girls’ softball team at their school.
Meanwhile, Maria’s parents—Papi from India and Mamá from Mexico—can no longer protect their children from prejudice and from the discriminatory laws of the land. When the family is on the brink of losing their farm, Maria must decide if she has what it takes to step up and find her voice in an unfair world.
In this fascinating middle grade novel, award-winning author Uma Krishnaswami sheds light on a little-known chapter of American history set in a community whose families made multicultural choices before the word had been invented.
About the Creators
is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born in New Delhi, India, Krishnaswami now lives and writes in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Visit her online at umakrishnaswami.org.
About This Title
Amelia Bloomer Project - Feminist Task Force
American Library Association (ALA)
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
Asian/Pacific American Library Association
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
South Asia Book Award Highly Commended Book
South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC)
United Methodist Women Reading Program
United Methodist Women
Interest Level:Grades 3 - 6
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 6
Asian/Asian American Interest, Biracial/Multiracial Interest, Breaking Gender Barriers, California, Civil Rights Movement, Cultural Diversity, Discrimination, Dreams & Aspirations, Families, Farming, History, Immigration, India, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Multiethnic interest, Respect/Citizenship, Siblings, Sports, War, World War II
Part of These Collections
India Culture and History Collection, Athletes and Sports, Realistic Fiction Middle School, High-Low Books for Teens (Middle and High School), Mexico Culture Collection, English Fiction Middle School, #OwnVoices Collection, MG/YA #OwnVoices Collection, MG/YA Community Collection, Baseball Collection, English Guided Reading Level V, Grit & Perseverance Collection, Social and Emotional Learning Collection, Social Activism Collection, Social Activism Collection Grades 3-5, Women's Text Set Collection Grades PreK-8, Women's Text Set Collection Grades 3-5