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Keeping Score

Linda Sue Park

Both Maggie Fortini and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Unlike Joey-Mick, Maggie doesn't play baseball-but at almost ten years old, she is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie can recite all the players' statistics and understands the subtleties of the game. Unfortunately, Jim Maine is a Giants fan, but it's Jim who teaches Maggie the fine art of scoring a baseball game. Not only can she revisit every play of every inning, but by keeping score she feels she's more than just a fan: she's helping her team. Jim is drafted into the army and sent to Korea, and although Maggie writes to him often, his silence is just one of a string of disappointments-being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan in the early 1950s meant season after season of near misses and year after year of dashed hopes. But Maggie goes on trying to help the Dodgers, and when she finds out that Jim needs help, too, she's determined to provide it. Against a background of major league baseball and the Korean War on the home front, Maggie looks for, and finds, a way to make a difference. Even those listeners who think they don't care about baseball will be drawn into the world of the true and ardent fan. Linda Sue Park's captivating story will, of course, delight those who are already keeping score.

Both Maggie Fortini and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Unlike Joey-Mick, Maggie doesn't play baseball-but at almost ten years old, she is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie can recite all the players' statistics and understands the subtleties of the game. Unfortunately, Jim Maine is a Giants fan, but it's Jim who teaches Maggie the fine art of scoring a baseball game. Not only can she revisit every play of every inning, but by keeping score she feels she's more than just a fan: she's helping her team. Jim is drafted into the army and sent to Korea, and although Maggie writes to him often, his silence is just one of a string of disappointments-being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan in the early 1950s meant season after season of near misses and year after year of dashed hopes. But Maggie goes on trying to help the Dodgers, and when she finds out that Jim needs help, too, she's determined to provide it. Against a background of major league baseball and the Korean War on the home front, Maggie looks for, and finds, a way to make a difference. Even those listeners who think they don't care about baseball will be drawn into the world of the true and ardent fan. Linda Sue Park's captivating story will, of course, delight those who are already keeping score.
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Both Maggie Fortini and her brother, Joey-Mick, were named for baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Unlike Joey-Mick, Maggie doesn't play baseball-but at almost ten years old, she is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie can recite all the players' statistics and understands the subtleties of the game. Unfortunately, Jim Maine is a Giants fan, but it's Jim who teaches Maggie the fine art of scoring a baseball game. Not only can she revisit every play of every inning, but by keeping score she feels she's more than just a fan: she's helping her team. Jim is drafted into the army and sent to Korea, and although Maggie writes to him often, his silence is just one of a string of disappointments-being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan in the early 1950s meant season after season of near misses and year after year of dashed hopes. But Maggie goes on trying to help the Dodgers, and when she finds out that Jim needs help, too, she's determined to provide it. Against a background of major league baseball and the Korean War on the home front, Maggie looks for, and finds, a way to make a difference. Even those listeners who think they don't care about baseball will be drawn into the world of the true and ardent fan. Linda Sue Park's captivating story will, of course, delight those who are already keeping score.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julie Pearl

Length:

4h 36m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:09


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:00


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

00:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:26