What would it be like to be a world-famous athlete, to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated,
and to be honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Now think
about what it would be like if you were a thirteen-year-old girl. Mo'ne
Davis has lived this, and opens her autobiography with a list of just
some of her accomplishments:
My name is Mo'ne Davis. Some people know me as the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League Baseball Word Series. I am only the fourth American girl and the eighteenth girl from anywhere in the entire world to ever get to participate. Other people know that I was the first Little Leaguer and the youngest athlete to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. I was named SportsKid of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids, too. And still others know me as the girl who read 'Twas the Night before Christmas with the First Lady of the United States.—Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name by Mo'ne Davis with Hilary Beard (HarperCollins / Harper, 2015, p. 1)
- Setting: modern times
- Circumstances: This is Mo'ne Davis's story. How a sports-loving girl from Philadelphia proved that girls can indeed play with the big boys.
- People: Mo'ne Davis and her family, coaches, teammates, and friends
- Genre and audience: nonfiction, memoir, autobiography; not just for kids, this is a book for everyone
- Themes: work hard, practice your talents, keep your head about you, don't neglect your studies, don't lose sight of your dreams
- Why I want to read this: Despite her fame and amazing athletic ability, Mo'ne remains a well-rounded, down-to-earth young woman who also manages to make the honor roll at her Philadelphia-area private school. Anyone of any age would be inspired by her story, and Mo'ne is a rock-solid role model for us all. Taking liberty with her now-famous slogan, I say, Let's see you try to throw like girl. I know I can't.
- A little insight into her character: For her reaction to a negative comment from a college student, see this USA Today sports brief and this longer article from Philly.com.