A few years ago, my oldest daughter (now 15) came to me with the beginning of a story she had written. I was so impressed and excited about her writing that I wanted to do a whole series. She and I mapped out the themes for ten books. As a teenager, she quickly lost interest in her mother and has gone on to other things. Thankfully my 13-year old is helping me proof and work out kinks in my storylines. Someday, I’m hoping my oldest finishes the story she started so we can publish it in her name. In the meantime, the Lady Tigers will continue their trek through their tween years, learning what it means to be part of a team. Trish’s Team is the first in the series and focuses on the theme of consequences. Trish lies to her parents and her coach in order to play on the much coveted travel fastpitch softball team, the Lady Tigers. When she is found out, as will always happen with lies, her punishment affects not only her, but her whole team when they are forced to play a tournament one player short.
I’ve been involved with fastpitch as a player, coach, umpire, or scorekeeper since I was nine years old. Softball is in my blood, and I passed it on to my daughters. They both played for the Williamsburg Starz travel league. As softball is a year-round sport in the south, we have spent more weekends at ball fields than in our own home, but I wouldn’t trade it. The girls have made great friends, as have my husband and I. There really is a lot more to team sports than the athletics. There is learning to lose and learning to win gracefully; learning to pick each other up when mistakes are made and not letting your mistakes get the better of you; and learning the importance of competition and fun, each in their own right. Part of being a coach is helping kids learn these lessons. The Lady Tigers’ Series is my way to continue coaching long after I’m too old to get on the field.
Title: TRISH’S TEAM
Genre: Tween Fiction (Middle Grade Fiction)
Author: Dawn Brotherton
Publisher: Blue Dragon Publishing
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The debut release in Dawn Brotherton’s Lady Tigers series, Trish’s Team is a terrific new young adult tale featuring Trish Murphy. A member of the Blue Birds, a recreational fastpitch softball team for 11 and 12 year old girls, Trish Murphy longs to be a member of the Lady Tigers, the elite travel team comprised of the best of the best players in the area. When she is presented with the opportunity to try out for the team, Trish jumps at the chance. There’s just one small problem—it seems Trish’s parents don’t understand her love of the game. Chances are they’ll be even less understanding and when they find out that team practice conflicts with Trish’s orchestra practice…
But being part of the Lady Tigers—and nurturing newfound friendships with the other team members—is Trish’s top priority. When she tries to pull a fast one to get what she wants without considering the consequences, Trish puts everything in jeopardy. Trish’s decision could ultimately affect more than just the game: it could affect her friends. Along the way, Trish discovers that being a part of the Lady Tigers is about much more than playing fastpitch softball: it’s about being a part of a team. But Trish may have to learn a painful lesson. After all, it really isn’t if you win or lose, but it’s how you play the game.
About the Author
The recipient of the Global eBook Bronze Award, Dawn Brotherton is the creator of Softball Scoresheet, a book used for keeping score during games. She is also the author of two Jackie Austin mysteries, Wind the Clock and It’s the Right Thing to Do, and a contributing author to A-10s Over Kosovo, a compilation of stories about being deployed for Operation ALLIED FORCE. Dawn currently serves at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. as a colonel in the United States Air Force. She enjoys coaching softball, working with the Girl Scouts, and traveling. Dawn and her fighter-pilot-retired husband live in Virginia with their two beautiful daughters.
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