AT LAST IT’S summer. Miami is more than ready for two weeks of baseball camp. No homework. No annoying sister. Best of all, no Destinee Tate. But Miami can’t escape Destinee. Turns out his best friend, String, invited her to Camp Atwater, too. And she’s making trouble, as usual, trying to get girls on the boys’ all-star team!---from the publisher
96 pages 978-0307265050 Ages 6-9
Keywords: baseball, sports, gender roles, boys and men, Black and African American stories, African American author, diverse books, diversity, chapter book, summer, part of a series, humor, friends, bullies, summer camp
From the Inside Flap
The Miami series grew out of a real need that Pat McKissack saw in childrens books: There werent many books about middle-class African American kids. We are professional people, Pat said about herself and her husband, Fred, in The Dallas Morning News. Our kids never knew a hungry day. They lived a normal, middle-class life on a street that was very diverse. It's not that the other kind of stories aren't important. But I got tired of African American children showing up in literature a day late and a dollar short.
These three books show Miami Jackson's third-going-on-fourth-grade life, getting through the last few days of school before summer vacation, finding his place in summer baseball camp, and dealing with a no-nonsense new teacher with humor and irrepressible attitude.