Ambition. Drive. Determination. Talent. Courage. Teamwork.
Every athlete knows what it takes to win. But for teen female players, the stakes are so much higher. In this anthology, the voices of these athletes come alive, highlighting the ferocity of those who are often shunted to the side. From navigating rampant misogyny to forging a sisterhood through sweat or just reveling in the love of the game, the stories in Out of Our League address the phenomenal physical and emotional power of teenage athletes as they compete, persevere, and thrive, on and off the field.
Michigan vs. the Boys is re-releasing in paperback from KCP Loft September 5, 2023
When a determined girl is confronted with the culture of toxic masculinity, it’s time to even the score.
Michigan Manning lives for hockey, and this is her year to shine. That is, until she gets some crushing news: budget cuts will keep the girls’ hockey team off the ice this year.
If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. Luckily, there’s still one team left in town …
The boys’ team isn't exactly welcoming, but Michigan’s prepared to prove herself. She plays some of the best hockey of her life, in fact, all while putting up with changing in the broom closet, constant trash talk and “harmless” pranks that always seem to target her.
But once hazing crosses the line into assault, Michigan must weigh the consequences of speaking up — even if it means putting her future on the line.
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“Michigan vs. the Boys is a mature exploration—with no sugarcoating—of some of the struggles a female goes through playing male-dominated sports. A must-read for those who want to break down barriers in sport.”
-- Cassie Campbell-Pascal, the only Canadian Captain, male or female, to lead two Olympic hockey teams to Gold
Thank you to the Bank Street College of Education for including Michigan vs. The Boys on its 2020 Best Children's Books of the Year
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