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. Another novel, THE MANY MYSTERIES OF THE FINKEL FAMILY, is forthcoming in 2021.
Sarah Kapit is a writer of middle-grade fiction. Her first novel, GET A GRIP, VIVY COHEN! was published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in 2020. The novel received three starred trade reviews and was named as a Schneider Family Award Honor title. Her second novel, THE MANY MYSTERIES OF THE FINKEL FAMILY, is coming from Dial in spring of 2021. In her work, Sarah enjoys exploring disability, family, and Jewish identity.
Currently, Sarah also works as a freelance writer in content marketing and educational articles. In Sarah’s past life, she earned a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, she lives with her partner (and goofy orange cat) in Bellevue, Washington. She serves as chairperson for the Association for Autistic Community.
PHOTO CREDIT: Kathleen Coffler
Title: Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House)
Release Date: February 25, 2020
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