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Sarah Kapit is a writer of middle-grade fiction. Currently she lives with her family in Bellevue, Washington. Her first published novel, GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN! was named a Schneider Family Award Honor title. She is also the author of SECOND CHANCE SUMMER, THE MANY MYSTERIES OF THE FINKEL FAMILY, and the forthcoming Rachel Friedman chapter book series.



Sarah Kapit is a writer of middle-grade fiction. Her first novel, GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN! was was named as a Schneider Family Award Honor title and won the Washington State Book Award. Her other novels include THE MANY MYSTERIES OF THE FINKEL FAMILY and SECOND CHANCE SUMMER. Sarah's next project is the Rachel Friedman chapter book series. The first two books in the series will be published in 2024, beginning with RACHEL FRIEDMAN BREAKS THE RULES. In her work, Sarah enjoys exploring disability, family, and Jewish identity.

n Sarah’s past life, she earned a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, she lives with her partner (and tuxedo cats) in Bellevue, Washington.


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Title: Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
Release Date: February 25, 2020
IBSN-10: 0525554181
IBSN-13: 978-0525554189


In this perfectly pitched novel-in-letters, autistic eleven-year-old Vivy Cohen won't let anything stop her from playing baseball--not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal.

Vivy Cohen is determined. She's had enough of playing catch in the park. She's ready to pitch for a real baseball team.

But Vivy's mom is worried about Vivy being the only girl on the team, and the only autistic kid. She wants Vivy to forget about pitching, but Vivy won't give up. When her social skills teacher makes her write a letter to someone, Vivy knows exactly who to choose: her hero, Major League pitcher VJ Capello. Then two amazing things happen: A coach sees Vivy's amazing knuckleball and invites her to join his team. And VJ starts writing back!

Now Vivy is a full-fledged pitcher, with a catcher as a new best friend and a steady stream of advice from VJ. But when a big accident puts her back on the bench, Vivy has to fight to stay on the team.


Kirkus, starred review
School Library Journal, starred review
ALA Booklist, starred review

Rights information: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Publicist: Kaitlin Kneafsey, Penguin Young Readers

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