Sunday, January 29, 2017

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber

Sue Macy includes extensive sources with quotes directly from both Mary, and her sister, Neely.  Mary’s story seems to be one of a person who knew what she wanted out of life right from the start.  She enjoyed watching sports with her father, wanted to understand what was happening, and even made her own newspaper to send to her grandparents instead of a letter.  Her determination is an inspiration and her dedication is a tribute.  She not only worked in a man’s world, with a press badge that indicated no women or children were allowed in the press box (which I still find curious - was it the content of conversations that it made it an off limits area?!), but she worked there for a loooong time, retiring only when her eyesight was failing a good 17 years after she technically retired.  C.F. Payne’s illustrations are a perfect blend of action shots, spreads that show a wide expanse and illustrations zoomed in, like the one highlighting her press box badge.  Each seems just right.  Beyond being an inspiring figure, Miss Mary also exemplified kindness in a cruel world.  As a youth sports coach myself, I can attest to the fact that athletes will rise to the occasion.  If good things are said about a child, especially published in a newspaper, they will believe them.  They will meet that expectation and be a better person for it.  I’m glad the world had a Miss Mary, and a Sue Macy to write her story.

Title: Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
Author: Sue Macy
Illustrator: C. F. Payne
Published 2016 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-1-4814-0120-3

This copy was received from the publisher for review.

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