Miss Mary reporting : the true story of sportswriter Mary Garber (#0939CX2)

by Macy, Sue; illustrated by Payne, C. F.

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8 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016
Price: USD 16.53
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Dewey: 070.4; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 3.3
AR 5.2 LG .5 180477EN; RC 5.3 2; LEX NC910L


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"A Paula Wiseman book.";Includes bibliographical references. Details the life and career of American sportswriter Mary Garber.

From the Publisher
"A lively, memorable biography for younger readers." --Booklist (starred review)

"A reminder of the value of telling people's stories, whether pro player or soapbox racer." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A heartfelt, informative, and thoroughly engaging picture book biography." --School Library Journal (starred review)

From beloved author Sue Macy comes an illustrated biography of Mary Garber, one of the first female sports journalists in American history!

While sitting in the bleachers of a Soap Box Derby in the 1950s, Mary Garber overheard two African-American boys in the following exchange: "See that lady down there?" asked one boy. "That's Mary Garber. She doesn't care who you are, but if you do something good, she'll write about you."

Mary Garber was a pioneering sports journalist in a time where women were rarely a part of the newspaper business. Women weren't even allowed to sit in the press boxes at sporting events, so Mary was forced to sit with the coaches' wives. But that didn't stop her.

In a time when African-American sports were not routinely covered, Mary went to the games and wrote about them. Garber was a sportswriter for fifty-six years and was the first woman to receive the Associated Press Sports Editors' Red Smith Award, presented for major contributions in sports journalism. And now, every year the Association of Women in Sports Media presents the Mary Garber Pioneer Award in her honor to a role model for women in sports media.

Sure to inspire future journalists, athletes, and any child who has a dream, this illustrated biography of Mary Garber captures her feisty and determined spirit and brings her story to life.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: February 16, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 070.4
  • Classifications: Biography, Nonfiction
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Tracings: Payne, C. F., illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-48140-120-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48140-120-3
  • Follett Number: 0939CX2
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.3
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.2
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 180477EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: NC910L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 11/01/15
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 02/01/16
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/16
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/16
  • Kirkus Reviews, 12/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 12/14/15
  • School Library Connection, 05/01/16
  • School Library Journal starred, 02/01/16

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (November 1, 2015 (Vol. 112, No. 5))
Grades 2-4. As a child in the 1920s, Mary Garber played tackle football with the boys in her Winston-Salem neighborhood and learned to love the many sports she watched with her father. Later, determined to become a journalist, she reluctantly worked as a society reporter until, during WWII, she took over the sports desk, traditionally “a man’s job.” Jackie Robinson became a role model for the young woman, who endured her own discrimination at the ballparks: banned from press boxes and locker rooms, she was seated with the players’ wives. Garber earned a reputation for fairness, covering games at local black high schools, a departure from standard practice in the segregated South. She wrote her last article in 2002. In this well-researched picture-book biography, Macy introduces Garber as a person who followed her passion for sports, despite her mother’s disapproval, and did her job with purpose, integrity, and dignity. The narrative is swiftly paced, smoothly written, and filled with interesting details and quotes. Payne’s soft-focus mixed-media illustrations feature beautifully delineated period settings and a masterful use of composition for dramatic effect. Best of all, even in crowd scenes, people are portrayed with perception, individuality, and humanity—especially Garber. A lively, memorable biography for younger readers.

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