There's No Base Like Home
By Jessica Mendoza, Alana Mendoza Dusan
Illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw
This will be twelve-year-old Sophia Maria Garcia’s best year ever: she’s trying out for the same championship softball team her sister played on at her age, and she’s starting middle school. New school, new team, new Sophia!
But all does not go according to plan. Sophia does not make the Waves softball team and her best friend is suddenly more interested in boys than Sophia. As the middle school blues set in, and her family is pulled in different directions, Sophia must reach deep down and find a little UMPH—the difference between being good and great—to figure out her own place, on and off the field.
ESPN Major League Baseball analyst and two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza teams up with her sister Alana Mendoza Dusan for their first highly-illustrated novel for young readers, based on their own childhood softball adventures.
About the Creators
is a Major League Baseball analyst for Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. She is the first female analyst in MLB postseason history and ESPN’s first-ever female MLB analyst. Jessica also serves as a contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America. She won gold & silver Olympic medals in 2004 and 2008, respectively, as a member of the US Women’s Softball Team.
Photo: Mibelle Photography
was a Division 1 softball player at Oregon State University. She currently teaches high school English and lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and two children.
Photo: Alisa Hayes
is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Ellie McDoodle series. She played softball for a summer league when she was twelve, but learned much more about strategy from this manuscript. She resides with her author-husband Charlie in Lansing, Michigan. See her work at ruthexpress.com.