Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer - ESSENTIAL

Palmer, Iva-Marie Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook, Pgs. 286. Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins), 2017. $12.99. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Gabby Garcia loves baseball. She loves being the best pitcher her school has ever seen. Then, in the middle of her second no-hitter game, her principal announces that the school will be temporarily closing. Gabby is selected to attend the elite Piper Bell Academy until her school reopens. Since Gabby’s baseball fame has made her one of the most popular girls at school, she expects her transition to be a breeze. Unfortunately, her new classmates aren’t impressed. As every good sports player knows, you must have a playbook to win, but Gabby is striking out on every play. Her social life is tanking. Even the baseball team is rejecting her. Gabby must change her strategy if she is going to prove that she is more than just an egotistical show off.

This book is strong in every category. The writing style is humorous and entertaining. It’s easy to root for the main character. The storyline, which is really about being true to yourself and accepting less than perfection, teaches these lessons through a sports narrative. Readers who like sports will be especially fond of this book, but it’s a win for all types of readers. Illustrations add a fun touch, as well as the playbook format, in which each day represents a “play” with a goal and plan of action. The story teaches that it’s never too late to change a first impression or right a wrong. 

EL, MS – ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Valerie McEnroe, Media Specialist

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