A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

Michelle Y. Green Kadir Nelson

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A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

A Strong Right Arm The Story of Mamie Peanut Johnson Mamie Johnson looks the batter in the eye Sizes him up for a curve or a fastball Stretches her frame And pops a surefire windup coming right at ya pitch smack dab over the plate One that lets th

  • Title: A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson
  • Author: Michelle Y. Green Kadir Nelson
  • ISBN: 9780803726611
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mamie Johnson looks the batter in the eye Sizes him up for a curve or a fastball Stretches her 5 2 frame And pops a surefire, windup, coming right at ya pitch smack dab over the plate One that lets the batter know that this peanut of a girl means business Fueled by her passion for the game and buoyed by the inspiration of Jackie Robinson, Mamie Johnson is determinMamie Johnson looks the batter in the eye Sizes him up for a curve or a fastball Stretches her 5 2 frame And pops a surefire, windup, coming right at ya pitch smack dab over the plate One that lets the batter know that this peanut of a girl means business Fueled by her passion for the game and buoyed by the inspiration of Jackie Robinson, Mamie Johnson is determined to be a professional baseball pitcher From the time she insists on trying out for the all male all white Police Athletic League team until she becomes one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues, this biography of Mamie Johnson s life shows that courage and a fierce curveball can make a childhood dream come true Illustrated with nineteen black and white photographs.

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    1. Barbara on said:

      The author is a true baseball fan, and lives in Maryland where one day she happened to meet Mamie Johnson in a shop that sells merchandise representing the glorious history of the Negro Leagues. Mamie was one of three African American women who played professionally in the Negro Leagues. She was a pitcher with the Indianapolis Clowns, and amazing despite being only 5 feet 2. The book is written in the voice of Mamie who tells her story from childhood through the time her short career from 1953-1 [...]

    2. Ryan Mcdaniel on said:

      A Strong Right Arm is the true story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson who was one of only three women to ever play professional baseball. Mamie’s baseball career started out as a dream, which then inspired her to overcome any obstacles that came between her and playing in the majors. Her first chance to play with the boys came in elementary school when she played in the Police Athletic League (PAL). When she played baseball people couldn’t believe she was a girl and were impressed by her even w [...]

    3. Bibliomama on said:

      The story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and her dream of playing professional baseball. An inspiring story for kids, about confidence, determination, and hard work. The elements of racism and Jim Crow are handled honestly and accurately, but don’t overwhelm the basic story of a girl on a mission to prove that she can do something that others say she can’t.After her three year career in the Negro Leagues, she earned a degree in nursing and worked for thirty years in that field. Sadly, she die [...]

    4. Marqual P. on said:

      I thought that this book was a inspirational book.It was a sports book with a sad twist.

    5. James Fain on said:

      A really good book talking about discrimination and differences of barriers Mamie took in the book

    6. Beverly on said:

      A brilliant book about the women that played right along with the men in the Negro League Baseball era.

    7. Becca Buckman on said:

      A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson is a biography written about an African American girl who dreamed of playing baseball in the big leagues. Despite the racial tensions spread throughout America during the 20th century, Mamie’s impeccable determination to throw curveballs and change-ups landed her into baseball history. Michelle Y. Green tells the story about a young girl from Eastern Virginia who wants nothing more than to stand on the pitcher’s mound throwing strikes. [...]

    8. Seton Catholic Central High on said:

      A Strong right arm Review Zach PrudenJohnson’s story is full of acts of discrimination yet she has chosen to live out the good memories. She fights through adversity and she overcomes a lot. While her early career as a baseball player would have been fraught with issues of sexism, racism was most often what she had to fight through to be a baseball player. Green shows these acts in a way that is straightforward but it doesn't take over the whole story. This book showed me a lot on how t [...]

    9. Teresa Scherping Moulton on said:

      Ever since she could remember, Mamie Johnson loved baseball. Growing up in South Carolina, she played in dirt lots with boys and developed a love of pitching. When she moved to New Jersey, she was told that girls are supposed to play softball, not baseball. But in softball Mamie couldn't pitch the way she loved - fastballs, change-ups, knuckleballs - so she quit. With her strong right arm and her refusal to take no for an answer, Mamie started playing in the Police Athletic League baseball club, [...]

    10. Justin Nay on said:

      Justin Nay 3/12/12 Class 1201 TRCSEnglish IRB Assignment #3: A Strong Right Arm (The Story ofMamie “Peanut” Johnson by Michelle Y. Green) The book “A Strong Right Arm” is about a girl named Mamie “Peanut” Johnson who she wanted to be a pitcher. She becomes the first female baseball player ever to play in the Negro League or in any Major League team. The one thing that I like about this book is that Mamie succeeds in her dream to play baseball. I wanted to know why she wanted to play [...]

    11. Karen Ball on said:

      "Excuse me, sir, but what are you going to tell the boys?" He laughed out loud. "We don't have to tell them one blessed thing, Mamie," he said, calling me by my name for the first time. "How 'bout we let that strong right arm of yours do all the talking?" I loved this! It's short, easy to read, and Mamie "Peanut" Johnson's voice shines. One of only three women who ever played professional baseball in the Negro Leagues in the 1950's, she is a delightful character. Her story begins in South Caroli [...]

    12. Frank on said:

      Frank ViscoEnglish A Strong Right Arm The authors message is that dreams can be accomplished with hard work and dedication even if people think it's not possible. The this book takes place in the city of Milwaukee during a time when there was conflict between blacks and whites. This books point of view is from Mamie Johnson who is also the main character. Other main characters are Rita and Maime's aunt and uncle. This story is about a young girl growing up in segregational time and her dream is [...]

    13. Allison on said:

      I have to admit, I don't know much about baseball history or even much about the sport in general other than you hit the ball and run the bases. And hope no one catches it or gets you out. And of course I know about some of the big names such as Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth (Those may be the only names I know.) And living in Chicago, I know the Cubs and the White Sox. But I really don't care about the sport.Oddly enough, for a sport I don't care about, I love baseball books and movies. Sandlot, [...]

    14. Landen on said:

      A Strong Right Arm, By Michelle Y. Green was a great book. This book was about an African American girl named Mamie who had some struggles in her life and wanted to play men's baseball. As she went through her tough times like loosing her grandmother when she was young, moving from her friends, and not seeing her mom very much because of her work, she learned to never give up and if you fall down you have to get back up. Read this great book to find out more about her interesting and different l [...]

    15. Lisa on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure if the 4th and 5th graders from the year 2011 will enjoy it as much as I did because so much of this is about Mamie overcoming, what at the time seemed to be, insurmountable odds of race and gender that are not even part of their current reality. Hopefully they will at least see it as an uplifting story about someone who was able to reach their goals, despite the challenges they faced. The 'author' told it in first person, but we know it was not written b [...]

    16. Ellen on said:

      Before reading this book, I had heard a little bit about the Negro Leagues in the history of baseball, but I had never heard of a woman playing on the team back in those days. I have been fascinated with the diversification of baseball ever since I saw the movie "A League of Their Own." There is a poignant and powerful scene in the movie where the ladies are fielding and a ball gets past them and ends up near a group of black women. One of them throws a bullet, much to the amazement of onlookers [...]

    17. Ariana on said:

      Last weekend, I visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City in search of more information about Toni Stone. Toni Stone, Connie Morgan and Mamie "Peanut" Johnson all played baseball with the Negro Leagues. Mamie Johnson is the only one of the three women who is still alive. When I mentioned my interest in Toni Stone to the man in the museum gift shop, he directed me to a book about Mamie Johnson. He also looked up her address and number so I could get in touch with her! A Strong Righ [...]

    18. Jackie on said:

      Mamie Johnson, one of only three women to play pro baseball in the 1950s, had a strong right arm and an arsenal of wicked pitches. All ninety-eight pounds of her went into each pitch and she faced some brutal batters. Her life and passion was the game of baseball. But, as we all know, pro baseball is not welcoming to women and especially not in the 1940s and 1950s to African-American women. Her love and passion carried her through, though, and she made a name for herself. A Strong Right Arm: The [...]

    19. Mrs.Redlien on said:

      This little book made a big impression on me. It's an easy-ish reading level, but the ideas are definitely for middle schoolers. I had no idea until I read this book that women played in the Negro Leagues in the 1950s. There were just a few, and Mamie Johnson was one of them. The 1950's were a very in-between time. Blacks in the US didn't have full rights, but they were making their own way, establishing schools, sports leagues, etc. despite discrimination. I still can't believe there were women [...]

    20. Abby Johnson on said:

      This biography of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, a female baseball player who played for the Negro Leagues, is both interesting and informative. I learned about a fantastic woman that I had never even heard of before. Mamie's story is an inspiring one. From a pretty young age, she loved playing baseball. Not softball. Hardball. But gaining acceptance in a man's sport was not easy, especially since she is black and this was in the 1950s when many things were still segregated. Shunned from the All-Americ [...]

    21. Jared M on said:

      A Strong Right Arm by Michelle Green was a good book. I was a good story about Mamie Johnson but it was a little boring. It didn't have any suspense or in the moment sections.This biography is about an African American lady name Mamie Johnson who grows up loving baseball. She started at a very young age as a pitcher but was always limited to what she could do because at the time a black lady playing baseball was just crazy. She ends up showing up coaches by proving just because she is a girl doe [...]

    22. Seton Catholic Central High on said:

      I liked the book ¨A Strong Right Arm" because it told the story of how if you set your mind to something, then you can do anything. The book was about a girl who was raised on a farm with her grandmother and her grandmother died while she was living with her so the she had to move away from that town. She had a love for baseball and played with professionals. It was very hard for her to make her mark because she was a black woman. She played for the Indianapolis Clowns when she grew up. She was [...]

    23. Inma on said:

      I choose this book as part of the Bluestem nominated books for 2014. I don't think I would chosen it on its own but it is actually a great short biography of one of only three females that played on the Negro Leagues. An inspirational tale that shows how hard work, determination, and faith can make dreams come true. Mamie narrates the story and her short career as a professional baseball player in a male dominated sport during difficult and trying times. Her positive attitude is palpable through [...]

    24. Ryan Cassara on said:

      A Strong Right Arm by Michelle Y. Green is a nonfiction book. This book is about one of three girls that got to play professional baseball. Her name is Mamie (Peanut) Johnson. The only problem is how she got to play. Being colored and a girl means there are close to none chance of even playing baseball back then. But after striking out the best player in the league, coaches were persuaded. After some bumps in her life she gets persuaded to try something crazy! This book is a great nonfictional b [...]

    25. Joey Reinberg on said:

      I really enjoyed A Strong Right Arm because it really was heartwarming. To know that all people have equal rights is really an important topic. Even though Mamie struggles, she fights through it and eventually comes out on top. I have not really experienced such sexist ways in my life but the only thing I can think of is when us boys think girls are not as good at sports. But this book proves that wrong it proves that even when you grow up poor with no family you can still accomplish anything yo [...]

    26. Beki Henson on said:

      AR Reading level: 5.1Interest Level: 1st to 6th This nonfiction book will grab the attention of athletes as the story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson is told through her own words. At merely 5 feet tall, Mamie Johnson, also known as Peanut becomes one of the only three female players to play baseball professionally for the Negro Baseball League. This is an inspiring story of determination and never giving up on dreams. Not only baseball loving boys, but ball loving, strong girls will love this boo [...]

    27. Alex W on said:

      The book, A Strong Right Arm is a biography about Maine "Peanut" Johnson. I am not a fan of biographies, however this book was an interesting story about how a man overcame adversity and became who he wanted to be. even though I do not love biographies, I still appreciated this book. It was interesting to learn about what this man had overcome. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in sports. Even if you have a hard time with biographies you may still want to read this because [...]

    28. Melissa on said:

      I just finished reading this book with two of my classes and will finish reading it aloud to the rest of them soon. Both boys and girls liked this book very much. It is about baseball and it is about a tough, determined girl. I chose it for those reasons, but my student learned quite a bit about prejudice and segregation too. They were also intrigued with the amount of money made in the past. This book has been a hit.

    29. H on said:

      Mamie Johnson played ball in the waning days of the negro leagues. Brought in as a novelty to sell tickets, there was no doubt the 5'2" girl could throw. This is a brief but inspirational story of the grit and determination of a talented girl to play the game she loved. Told directly and simply in Mamie's voice, this is a good introduction to biography, to the story of Civil Rights, and the power of dreams. Suitable for grades 3-5.

    30. Xaniliah on said:

      that this book is about. is that mamie johnson is a legand and she plays on negro leagues baseball team and that was her dream to play baseball

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