I’m a sucker for a local story and I live in a Philadelphia suburb so I’m exited to track down more information about Edith Houghton and her Philadelphia roots. This story is an inspiration for both women and children looking to realize a dream. Edith was playing professional baseball at the age of 10! The opportunity to play with the team “The Bobbies” took her across the ocean to play baseball in Japan. The title including the word “extraordinary” really captures that something about Edith. Even in a world where there was a women’s team, it was the only one around and she was the youngest player by far. The author’s note provides more information about Edith’s life after The Bobbies and includes that her teammate Nettie Gans kept a diary. We might be able to assume Audrey Vernick used Gans’ diary or the many newspaper clippings about Edith Houghton as sources but sources are not specifically cited for the reader to understand where her research originated.
Title: The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Edith Houghton
Author: Audrey Vernick
Illustrator: Steven Salerno
Published 2016 by Clarion Books
This copy was received from the publisher to review.