Artist: Jackie Lewis
I got a copy of the book through NetGalley.
From Goodreads: Most girls, when they get to a new school, just want to fit in. But Dashiell Brody isn't like most girls. A natural at softball, Dashiell discovers her new school has a championship level baseball team - and Dashiell wants to play ball. One girl's quest to play the national pastime with the boys will turn her family, her school, and her state upside down.
This graphic novel has an easy straightforward plot. Girl goes to new school and wants to do what she likes, which in her case is baseball and not softball. It is interesting to see how she fights for what she wants and to break people’s stereotypical view of girls.
Dashiell grows up during this school year. On top of having to fight for her dreams she also has to come to terms with her father not being the person she thought he was.
Although I liked it, I found it a little short. I would have liked to know why the father, who is playing with Dashiell at the beginning (in a childhood memory), is suddenly not interested in his daughter’s life. This is something that is never really explained and as it plays an important role on Dashiell’s actions I think some more background information would have been nice.
All in all, Play Ball is a good graphic novel, both written and drawn, with a believable plot.