The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
Eighth grader Molly Williams had previously played softball, but this is no longer enough for her. Her father recently died in an unexplained car accident. She has fond memories of his love for the Chicago Cubs, teaching her how to throw knuckleballs and just spending time together. Molly decides to try out for the baseball team. Only half will make the cut and she is the only girl trying out. Molly has such good insights about her classmates, her mother and herself. She really grows emotional throughout this awesome realistic fiction.
I have never played baseball, but I still loved this book. It shouldn't make a difference, but this book was written by a man. I was just surprised. He gives each character a true-to-life voice. The best parts of the book are the real characters and the unhurried pace. The analogies of baseball to life will not hit you; they are subtle.
* Rebecca Caudill 2012 Award Nominee *