24 March 2015

Today's Read: Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name

Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name with Hilary BeardWhat 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)

Quick Facts
  • 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.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 3/24/15, 6:52 AM  

Not sure I'd read this one, but do recall the news story - amazing girl.

Nadene @Ttly Addicted 2 Reading 3/24/15, 7:14 AM  

I don't think this is for me. Hope you are enjoying it. Here is mine

Juli Rahel 3/24/15, 7:31 AM  

I hadn't heard of Mo'ne Davis before so this was very interesting to me! I'm not a big fan of sport-biographies so I'd have to read a bit more before deciding whether this was one for me! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
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(Diane) bookchickdi 3/24/15, 7:38 AM  

I'm looking forward to this one. I enjoyed watching her play last year, she is a terrific role model for young people.

rhapsodyinbooks 3/24/15, 7:58 AM  

She's such a cutie - I love that there is a bio of her to help inspire other kids!

Unknown 3/24/15, 8:06 AM  

Sounds like one my hubby would enjoy.

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Laura 3/24/15, 8:10 AM  

It's not something I would normally read, but I know a few people who would like it. Thanks for sharing! and Thanks for coming by My teaser

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 3/24/15, 9:42 AM  

Writing an autobiography at such a young age is quite an accomplishment!

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JoAnn 3/24/15, 9:56 AM  

This might not be a book I'd pick up, but my niece would love it.

Anonymous,  3/24/15, 10:02 AM  

I enjoy biographies from time to time. Haven't heard of this amazing girl.

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Harvee 3/24/15, 10:03 AM  

I'd get it as an inspirational read for my young realtives.

Laurel-Rain Snow 3/24/15, 10:49 AM  

I don't usually enjoy books about sports or sports figures...but this one sounds unique. And special. Thanks for sharing.

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Literary Feline 3/24/15, 11:28 AM  

It's good to know Mo'ne is down to earth and seems like a good role model. We need more girls like her.

Daryl 3/24/15, 11:33 AM  

i am not a lover of sports or bio books BUT i will say this ... recently a college athlete said not such nice things about this young woman on Twitter and his college kicked him off the team .. she then went on Twitter and told them to reinstate him as she was sure he was sorry and she had forgiven him .. his college thanked her for her maturity but declined to reinstate him ..

Sarah's Book Shelves 3/24/15, 12:29 PM  

Oh wow - this sounds right up my alley and I loved the intro!

Margot 3/24/15, 12:47 PM  

This sounds good. I like stories where someone does something no one else has ever done before.

Sandra Nachlinger 3/24/15, 1:01 PM  

This sounds like a fascinating story. Wow, what a list of accomplishments! I'll recommend this book for my granddaughter.
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Monica's Bookish Life 3/24/15, 1:09 PM  

I didn't know that she's written an autobiography. While it's not something I'd read, I definitely think my niece would enjoy it.

Heather 3/24/15, 3:27 PM  

I saw Mo'ne on GMA this week, and she is quite the inspiration yet so down to earth, seemingly unaware of her accomplishments. It will be interesting to see where this young lady goes in life. Thanks for visiting my teaser.

Unknown 3/24/15, 3:38 PM  

This would actually be a fun biographical read for my littles! Great post!

Cleopatra Loves Books 3/24/15, 4:34 PM  

Sounds interesting although not one that appeals to me (being terribly unsporty) thanks for visiting my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/tuesday-first-chapter-first-paragraph-march-24/

Yvonne 3/24/15, 10:21 PM  

I love baseball, but I usually only read Yankee related books. This sounds good, though.

ChaosIsAFriendOfMine 3/25/15, 11:04 AM  

I need this book! I remember she was in a Superbowl commercial that made me cry. I don't remember the product but I remember her!

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