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The Kid from Diamond Street -written by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
"Salerno's mixed-media artwork channels the footloose energy of the Jazz Age..." -Publishers Weekly
True story of Philadelphia girl, Edith Houghton who became a professional baseball player at age ten, and in 1925 at age 13 she was a star players on the all-female baseball team that toured Japan competing against their all-male teams.
above: cropped view of the cover for The Kid from Diamond Street.
left: final illustration for the wrap-around cover.
above: spread scene showing the travel route by train and steamship that little Edith took to Japan in 1925.
above: preliminary SKETCH: a Philadelphia newspaper reporter (circa 1923) covering the baseball games of young Edith Houghton.
above: The all-female American baseball team practicing on the deck of the steamship, enroute to Japan in 1925.
above: detailed view of a page from the printed book... Edith and her teammates board a steam ship to Japan...
above: thirteen year old Edith Houghton at bat in her very first game played in Japan.