You haven’t heard of Peanut Johnson? That’s OK, not many have. If you love baseball, even if you don’t, you will enjoy A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson by Michelle Y. Green.
Written in first person, Green did an excellent job capturing the voice of Mamie Johnson, her expressions, interjections and southern drawl. She also captured Mamie’s love for baseball – a passion so strong it took Johnson into playing professional baseball as one of a very small, elite group of professional women baseball players.
At only 105 pages, it’s a short book, but stock-full of interesting stories of Johnson’s childhood, teens years and years of pitching for the Indianapolis Clowns. Plus, Green included pictures of important people in Johnson’s life, and current pictures of Johnson herself.
Highly recommended for ages 8 and up.