Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami (Tu Books, 2017) Softball, World War II and prejudice come together in an historical fiction title that takes place in Yuba City, CA, in 1945. Fifth-grader Maria, whose father is from India and mother is from Mexico, fights to save her baseball field while helping to fight injustice against her intercultural family. (Grades 4-8)
Award Status: Highly Commended, 2018
Author: Uma Krishnaswami
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