by Kristina Rutherford
Owl Kids Books (2016)
Middle Grade Nonfiction
examines the root of these issues by taking readers through the history of women's pro sports, exploring how far we have come in a relatively short time and exposing what ground is left to gain. The book provides first-person insight through exciting interviews with professional female athletes, including Canadian hockey player Cassie Campbell, American MMA fighter Miesha Tate, and WNBA star Elena Delle Donne. Along the way, author and sports journalist Kristina Rutherford covers important topics like opportunity, female role models, and stereotypes.
Why You'll Love It:
- In an engaging, conversational tone, Rutherford lays out the state of women in professional sports before Title IX was passed and mandated equal opportunities for women in federally funded schools, how it has changed since, and where women’s sports leagues are headed.
- Big, full-color action photos of a diverse array of women from a broad range of sports adorn each page, and brief interviews offer tidy glimpses into the life of a professional athlete.
- Young girls especially will be inspired by this volume and the bright future for women’s sports it portrays.
Who Should Read It:
Great for 5th-8th graders.
What Else You Should Read:
- Breakaway: Beyond the Goal by Alex Morgan
- Babe Conquers the World by Rich Wallace
- Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer by Annalise Carr