Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber

Sue Macy, illus. by C.F. Payne. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-0120-3
In the 1940s, Mary Garber entered the male-exclusive field of sports reporting, and Macy (Roller Derby Rivals) dives into describing the challenges she faced—such as her panic when reporting at a college football game and realizing there was no program to identify the players, or not being allowed to talk to the players in the locker rooms. After Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers, Garber was moved both by Robinson’s baseball prowess and “quiet dignity in the face of taunts and jeers.” Payne’s mixed-media artwork blends a soft, hazy quality with a hint of caricature, emphasizing Garber’s diminutiveness, even as Macy makes clear the thoughtfulness, smarts, and determination she brought to her journalism. It’s an entertaining and accessible portrait of a generous-minded writer and a reminder of the value of telling people’s stories, whether pro player or soapbox racer. Ages 5–8. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/14/2015
Release date: 02/16/2016
Genre: Children's
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