Happy book birthday to Rooting for Rafael Rosales!
“Years ago in San Pedro de Macorís…Rafael has dreams. Every chance he gets he plays baseball in the street, trying to build his skills, get noticed by scouts and—someday—play professionally in America. But how can a kid like him beat the odds?
Today in Minnesota… Maya has worries. She can’t stop thinking about oil spills, melting ice caps, and how the company her dad works for might be killing all the bees. Is there any way a twelve-year-oils girl can make a difference?
And then… One day Maya goes to a spring training game and sees Rafael play. Even though he has the worse stats on the team, Maya suddenly decides to start rooting for him. Because even though baseball can’t save the bees, if Rafael Rosales can make it to the major leagues, then maybe—just maybe—the world will be okay.” — from publisher Albert Whitman. Kurtis Scaletta shares some thoughts about how he created this multilayered story in this post on Albert Whitman's blog.