Basketball Belles
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isbn: 9780823427017
January 12, 2011 | $17.95

Basketball Belles

How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map

by Sue Macy
Illustrator(s): Matt Collins
Paperback | Pages: 32
Size: 9-1/2 X 11 | USD: $7.99
ISBN: 9780823441754
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Age: 6-9 | Guided Reading Level: O
Themes: Sports & Recreation, Women's History
Recommendations: A*,C,K,LMC,PW,SLJ

About the Book

This dynamic picture book about the birth of women’s basketball will keep young readers riveted.

Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady. Yet in no time she exchanged her breeches and spurs for bloomers and a basketball; and in April 1896 she made history. In a heart-pounding game against the University of California at Berkeley, Agnes led her team to victory in the first-ever intercollegiate women’s basketball game, earning national attention and putting women’s basketball on the map.


“Sue Macy’s narrative is accompanied by colorful, bold illustrations, the vivid uniforms pop off the page. . . An extensive author’s note gives additional background information, and a timeline of women’s basketball provides a historical framework. . . . Basketball Belles is a treasure and would be a welcome addition to a school library collection.”
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