I'll start with something that may surprise you. What I really wanted in junior high was to be a cheerleader. If I had made it, all this would never have happened....
8th grader Maisie Potter isn't quite sure why she signed up for the boys' wrestling team. She's never been all that interested in boys, so it can't have anything to do with Eric Delong, in spite of the disturbing effect his smile has on her. And she's certainly not prepared for the effect her presence on the team has on the people around her — or for the media sensation she generates.
Legally, her school has to permit her to join, but that doesn't mean people have to like it. Her brother's totally disgusted with her, her best friend drops her, her classmates ridicule her, and opposing teams forfeit rather than wrestle her. But Maisie's not a quitter, and she discovers that she really likes wrestling — and that while Eric might not be worth the flak she puts up with, feeling good about herself is. This inspiring story explores gender stereotyping through the eyes of an independent-minded young athlete who discovers her passion for an unexpected sport.
"Legally, the school must allow her to participate, but there are a lot of hard feelings and she quickly becomes the center of a media blitz. Thoroughly modern Maisie is an eminently likable character, and her trials and triumphs make for a highly satisfying tale.... The result, written in a breezy, first-person style, is a rattling good sports story that is clever, witty and tightly written." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||9 and up|
|Publication Date||Apr 24, 2007|