GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN, Spring 2020
COMING IN 2020 FROM DIAL BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS (PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE)
Vivy Cohen yearns to throw her knuckleball in a real game. But her mother is convinced that Vivy, who is autistic, won't be able to handle the pressures of a full baseball season. When a Little League Coach spots Vivy practicing with her brother in the park, she gets her chance. She makes a deal with Mom: Vivy can try baseball for one season only.
Pitching for a real team isn't exactly easy. During her first season, Vivy must deal with nerves and bullies. After a line drive smacks Vivy straight in the forehead, keeping Mom on board with Vivy's baseball dreams proves just as tough as keeping the ball in the strike zone.
Through all of her travails, Vivy writes letters to the one person she can be honest with: MLB pitcher VJ Capello. Things get even more exciting when VJ writes back.