This story has the strongest kind of character I've ever read in a story. Who says the hero always has to be male? With ruby thomas she has just as much strength, courage, and intelligence as any other "hero". She's stuck in the bustling city of New York unsure of how she is ever going to provide for her two young nieces while she herself is still just a teenager. But she rises above that and takes more responsibility than what you would see for someone her age back then. Her loyalty to both girls and her baseball team keep you reading until the end. Even though this book is about baseball it's not like a girl can get into the story so please don't mistake this for a girl book with a male dominant sport. Through and through ruby proves my point by being a baseball player even though she's a female.