It is 1975 in Indiana, and the Wilkins Regional High School girls’ basketball team is in their rookie season. Despite being undefeated, they practice at night in the elementary school and play to empty bleachers. Unlike the boys’ team, the Lady Bears have no buses to deliver them to away games and no uniforms, much less a laundry service. They make their own uniforms out of T-shirts and electrical tape. And with help from a committed female coach, they push through to improbable victory after improbable victory.
A work of fiction inspired by a true story, Matt Tavares’s debut graphic novel dramatizes the historic struggle for gender equality in high school sports. This compelling story about the ongoing battle of women striving for equality in sports rings with honesty, bravery, and heart.
"The Lady Bears ('Why is it always Lady Bears?' a teammate complains, 'nobody ever calls the boys’ team the Gentleman Bears')... ultimately earn a public apology from the dismissive athletic director and, reuniting during a college break three years later, have the satisfaction of seeing the bleachers in their old high school well filled for a girls’ game.... A winning tale, all the more exhilarating for its links to history." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Mar 14, 2023|