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Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen

Schneider Family Award Honor

Vivy Cohen yearns to throw her knuckleball in a real game. But her mother is convinced that an autistic girl 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 give baseball a try.

But pitching for a real team isn't exactly easy. During her first season, Vivy must deal with nerves and bullies. And 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. Then, VJ writes back.

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What People are Saying

★ “A satisfying baseball story that never minimizes the challenges of autism but celebrates skill, determination, and love for the game.” —Kirkus (starred review)

★ "Vivy is a heartwarming protagonist; her daily routines, struggles, and wishes will resonate with young readers who will be rooting for her from the first page. The unique storytelling format of letters and emails will have even the most reluctant of readers turning the pages quickly.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “The story is so undeniably charming, the sports so exciting, the protagonist so sympathetic that readers will get sucked in.” —ALA Booklist (starred review)

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