Michiko is endearing, and readers who persevere will rejoice with her victories big and small.
A historically accurate story about being an outsider, family values and the ability of sports to bring people together.
School Library Journal
A fast-paced, intriguing read. Highly recommended.
Michiko is a wonderful character trying to find her place in an often racist Canada, obeying her strict but loving parents, supported by cultural traditions and fiercely passionate about baseball.
Maruno tells an almost uniquely Canadian story as we see how different cultural communities interact, as well as the challenges many first- and second-generation Canadians encounter, issues that are still relevant today.
Canadian Children's Book News