Basketball Belles by Sue Macy

Basketball BellesI wouldn’t be surprised if, like me, many folks think that women’s basketball is a relatively recent phenomena. Sure, I played basketball is high school—and had a lot of fun. We played half-court “girl’s rules” though and mainly just for the exercise. Cutthroat? Hardly. Hardly even sweaty.

Basketball Belles, on the other hand, chronicles the story of the first intercollegiate women’s basketball game from the point of view of Agnes Morley, a Stanford guard. The game was played between Stanford University and University of California Berkeley in San Francisco, 1896. I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t realize that basketball was being played—by anyone, much less young women—in 1896. It was a hard-hitting, grueling game that had nothing to do with “girl’s rules.”

The story is presented in a 32-page picture book format that is as fast paced as the game. The wonderful full-color illustrations by Matt Collins are packed with action and emotion. They keep the momentum of the text moving at a heart-pounding clip.

By the end of the experience, both teams, would have readily agreed that “a good time had been had by all.” Readers will feel exactly the same.

Posted by: Eileen

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