A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson WhiteA Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White

A Season of Daring Greatly

byEllen Emerson White

Hardcover | February 14, 2017

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Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school’s star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she’ll join the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class A Short Season team . . . but not everyone is happy to have her there.

On top of the pressure heaped on every pitcher, Jill must deal with defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, all while living away from home for the first time. She’ll go head-to-head against those who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport. Despite the reassurance of coaches and managers alike, a few of her teammates are giving her trouble. The media presence following her at each game is inescapable. And to top it all off, Jill is struggling with the responsibilities of being a national hero and a role model for young women everywhere. How can she be a role model when she’s not even sure she made the right choice for herself? Didn’t baseball used to be fun?

This literary and engrossing story of a young woman trying to mark out a place for herself in a male-dominated world will captivate fans of Friday Night Lights, The Art of Fielding, John Corey Whaley, and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Title:A Season of Daring GreatlyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062463217

ISBN - 13:9780062463210


Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you love baseball and feminism, look no further! This is honestly one of the best sports books with a female lead I have ever read. There was little to no romance and it dealt with the issues female athletes face without being too dramatic or over-the-top. The main character was very likeable and so were many of the supporting character. I hope to see more books like this is in the future!
Date published: 2018-06-27

Editorial Reviews

“White’s third-person limited narrative, told from Jill’s perspective, pulls the reader into her story. ...there’s plenty of action, and fans of the game will enjoy following Jill through early missteps toward a surer sense of herself and her skills.”