Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid

by Walter Dean Myers

This fast-moving, lighthearted short novel concerns a boy's experiences on a... read more

This fast-moving, lighthearted short novel concerns a boy's experiences on a baseball team with his brother, Moondance, and Mop, a girl they know from the Catholic orphanage from which the two boys were recently adopted. From the protagonist's perspective, Myers adeptly shows a newly constituted, loving African-American family in an integrated, urban neighborhood, the intricacies of a youth baseball league and the complex combinations of emotions of several well-characterized children and adults. The author's superior plotting earmarks a memorable story about a boy who doesn't play baseball well but never gives up on himself. (Ages 7-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1988

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