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My Thirteenth Season

Kristi Roberts

Square Fish

Fran Cullers is having a horrible summer. She was a star player on the Little League team in her old town, so the Highwater Hardwares should be thrilled to have her—except that they hate girls. Fran can run rings around these guys, but they won’t even give her a chance. So she sets out to teach them a lesson. But Fran finds out that vengeance is a dangerous thing. Her best friend stops talking to her. Her childhood hero gives up on her. And Fran, who has already faced some terrible losses, is about to lose the most important thing in her life forever—baseball. Can she pull her game together before it’s too late?

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CHAPTER 1 “Girl germs,” Billy Smythe sneered. It was a kindergarten taunt, just plain dumb, but his buddies snickered as Billy pulled a bandana out of his back pocket and made a big show of wiping down the bat I had just dropped.
     I pulled my cap lower over my forehead and gave Billy my best Evil Eye. He gave me one back.
     “Don’t count on a career in comedy, Smythe,” I said.
     Billy sneered at me again. Touching his right nostril with his upper lip was his favorite thing to do with
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“[A] perfect middle school late-summer beach read. A nice little book, it presents a girl excelling in a ‘man’s’ sport. . . . This one might be the book to get reluctant readers reading. Definitely pitch it to them (no pun intended). Middle school and public libraries should own and display this book.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“The passion for baseball is an effective addition to this story about grieving over the death of wife and mother, and the supporting cast is effectively developed. Baseball terminology and names of some current players and many Hall of Famers add color to the story. . . . Fran’s development into a baseball player with heart makes the novel an interesting addition to fiction collections.”—School Library Journal

“Fran is a complex character and the plot is intense and well constructed. The conclusion hits just the right note, allowing new happiness and the promise of more.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] perfect middle school late-summer beach read. A nice little book, it presents a girl excelling in a ‘man’s’ sport. . . . This one might be the book to get reluctant readers reading. Definitely pitch it to them (no pun intended). Middle school and public libraries should own and display this book.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“The passion for baseball is an effective addition to this story about grieving over the death of wife and mother, and the supporting cast is effectively developed. Baseball terminology and names of some current players and many Hall of Famers add color to the story. . . . Fran’s development into a baseball player with heart makes the novel an interesting addition to fiction collections.”—School Library Journal

“Fran is a complex character and the plot is intense and well constructed. The conclusion hits just the right note, allowing new happiness and the promise of more.”—Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kristi Roberts

  • KRISTI ROBERTS grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where her dad coached a Little League team. She lives in Greenwich Village in New York City with a dog, a cat, and two pet mice.
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My Thirteenth Season

Kristi Roberts

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