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Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory
Contributor(s): Reeder, Lydia
ISBN: 1616204664     ISBN-13: 9781616204662
Publisher: Algonquin Books
    OUR PRICE: $24.26  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2017
* Not available - Not in print at this time *Annotation: Traces the Depression-era efforts of a charismatic basketball coach from tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College who recruited talented young women to join his hope-giving basketball team in exchange for a prospect-bolstering college education.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Basketball coaches; Oklahoma; Biography.
Women basketball players; Oklahoma; Biography.
Basketball for women; Oklahoma; History.
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Basketball
- Sports & Recreation | History
- Social Science | Women's Studies
Dewey: 796.323/630976662
LCCN: 2016016234
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.00" (1.04 lbs) 286 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 August #5)

Reeder, a former editor at Whole Life Times, tells the inspiring story of Oklahoma Presbyterian College basketball coach Sam Babb's efforts to create and maintain a championship women's team, the Cardinals, amidst the hardships of the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Discussing both Babb's coaching philosophy and the players' individual stories, Reeder explores the charm and excitement that the small team of unknowns brought to their hometown of Durant. In equal parts personal homage to Babb (the author's great-uncle) and surprising underdog story, Reeder recounts the Cardinals' journey from humble beginnings to becoming the 1932 American Athletic Union national tournament champions. They demonstrated the perseverance necessary to overcome the political and financial difficulties facing women in sports. The descriptions of the political strife and characterizations seem forced and caricatured at times, but when the story turns to basketball season, Reeder relaxes into comfortable and engaging storytelling. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 April)

In the early 1930s, Sam Babb recruited farm girls to play for his basketball team at Oklahoma Presbyterian College in Durant. At the time, most women's teams were sponsored by the companies for whom the players worked. Some, including Lou Henry Hoover, wife of President Herbert Hoover, thought that competitive sports were not an appropriate activity for young women. But Coach Babb knew that basketball helped participants develop critical thinking and good judgment. He also believed that a winning team could bring a whole community together and raise spirits that had been battered by the Great Depression. Reeder employs player interviews and scrapbooks to tell the true story of the Cardinals, who in 1932 became the first women's collegiate team to win the American Athletic Union's National Basketball Tournament. Her personable narrative is as much about the daily lives of the players as it is about the sport of basketball, and young adults will love details that bring the time and place to life (for example, because many of the players came from farms with no indoor plumbing or electricity, the hot water in their college dorm seemed extravagant). VERDICT Useful for curriculum support, this compelling offering makes for good recreational reading, too. Hand it to fans of A League of Their Own or to anyone who relishes a good sports underdog tale.—Hope Baugh, Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

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