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This will be twelve-year-old Sophia Maria Garcia's best year ever: she's trying out for the same championship softball team her sister played on at her age, and she's starting middle school. New school, new team, new Sophia!
But all does not go according to plan. Sophia does not make the Waves softball team and her best friend is suddenly more interested in boys than Sophia. As the middle school blues set in, and her family is pulled in different directions, Sophia must reach deep down and find a little UMPH--the difference between being good and great--to figure out her own place, on and off the field.
ESPN Major League Baseball analyst and two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza teams up with her sister Alana Mendoza Dusan for their first highly-illustrated novel for young readers, based on their own childhood softball adventures.
Jessica Mendoza is a two-time Olympic medalist in softball and an ESPN baseball analyst. Mendoza has been featured in theNew York Times, Washington Post, and more, and is dedicated to encouraging girls' love of sports.
Alana Mendoza Dusan is an English teacher and former college softball player. This is her first novel.
Ruth McNally Barshaw is the illustrator of seven books for young readers, including the Ellie McDoodle Diaries, which she also wrote. She resides in Michigan.