Just in time for baseball season, GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING is a perfect historical fiction novel for young readers

“Life lessons, baseball, and good friends; it's all here.” - Kirkus Reviews

Just in time for baseball season, GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING is a perfect historical fiction novel for young readers

Honesdale, Pennsylvania March 2019 – Discover GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING, a new middle grade historical fiction novel written by debut author Jennifer Robin Barr.  Set in Philadelphia during the Great Depression, the book tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy and his best friend as they attempt to stop a wall from being built at Shibe Park, home of the Philadelphia Athletics, that would block the view of the baseball field from their rooftops. The book will be published by Calkins Creek, the American History imprint of Highlights, this month.    

In 1930s Philadelphia, Jimmy Frank and his best friend Lola live across the street from Shibe Park, where their families and others on the street make extra money by selling tickets to watch baseball games from bleachers on their flat rooftops. But falling ticket sales at the park prompt a plan to build a wall that will block the view. Knowing that their families will be impacted from this loss of income, Jimmy and Lola come up with a variety of ways to prevent the building of the wall.  And as Jimmy becomes more and more desperate to save their view, his dubious plans create a rift in his friendship with Lola that he might not be able to repair. 

In a starred review, School Library Connection calls the novel “informative, entertaining, nostalgic, and…humorous… this novel works well as a read-aloud and would be a great addition to the history curriculum.”
And Booklist raves: “Barr knows her baseball history and brings rich detail to mid-1930s Philadelphia…sports fanatics will eat up the appended material. A sweet debut about friendship and the love of the game.”
GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING

Calkins Creek * Written by Jennifer Robin Barr * PUB DATE  March 26, 2019 * Ages 9 - 12 * Grades 4 – 7

* 978-1-68437-178-5 * $17.95 U.S. * $23.95 CAN * eBook available * jenniferrobinbarr.com * boydsmillspress.com

Goodbye, Mr. Spalding

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