During a summer family picnic in 1974, Robbin observes a little league game being played in a nearby baseball field. Seeing how much fun the game was, and watching the fans cheer for their teams, Robbin asked her dad to teach her to play baseball. As she practiced, over time, Robbin learned that girls were not allowed to play little league baseball with boys. Refusing to give up her dream, Robbin was excited to learn about a famous court case that ruled that same year, that girls were to be allowed to play little league with boys. The long-standing barrier was finally lifted, and Robbin signed up to play in 1975. A brave and determined Robbin strutted her stuff and showed her community that she could play ball just as well as the boys, on any baseball diamond. Despite encountering jeers, boos, and name-calling from the stands and from the boys, Robbin exceled on the field and played with her head held high for the love of the game.
5 STAR REVIEW
Miiller’s book, “Breaking Barriers…” offers an inspiring perspective on how to overcome adversity. This well-written, pleasant to read memoir provides insight into how a positive and determined attitude can help one thrive in the face of challenges, how by not internalizing hurtful comments as truth, one can maintain a positive self esteem to achieve goals and be true to oneself. It demonstrates the importance of focusing on positive influences in ones life rather than negative ones. It shows that being mindful of things we are grateful for can bolster our happiness and provide us with strength to pursue our dreams. Definitely worth a read!
By Lori Berkey
First off, Kudos to you for writing such a wonderful book that inspires girls to pursue what they love and encourages them to play baseball. We wanted to let you know that we absolutely LOVED reading Breaking the Barriers! With your beautiful life story, we’re sure this book will inspire girls to believe in themselves and will motivate them to play little league or whichever sports they are interested in.
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Thanks again for writing such a fun book. We’re looking forward to sharing your creation with the world!
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STORYMONSTERS MAGAZINE REVIEW
Breaking the Barriers: A Girl’s Dream to Play Little League with the Boys by Robbin Miller (Pen it! Publications, llC) Reviewer: Diana Perry During a summer family picnic in 1974, Robbin observes a little league game being played in a nearby baseball field. Seeing how much fun the game is, she wants to play too, but soon discovers that girls are not allowed to play little league baseball with boys. Refusing to give up her dream, Robbin learns about a famous court case ruled that same year, that girls were to be allowed to play. This is a fun-to-read story of a young girl’s pathway to breaking the all-boy barrier of her hometown and showing her community that girls could play the game just as well as the boys. I see both boys and girls rooting for her as the read this delightful story. (Ages 8-11)
READING WITH YOUR KIDS REVIEW
“Beautiful true story making girls believe in their dreams no matter what that dream could be”
Kudos to Robbin Millers for writing such a wonderful book that inspires girls to pursue what they love and encourages them to play baseball. We absolutely LOVED reading Breaking the Barriers! With her beautiful life story, we’re sure this book will inspire girls to believe in themselves and will motivate them to play little league or whichever sports they are interested in!
Breaking the Barriers is a historical non-fiction chapter book written by Robbin Miller. With 11 chapters and 70 pages, Robbin book tells her story of playing little league with boys in 1975 after it became legal for girls to play with boys in 1974. This creates an interesting angle for the reader, granting them all access to the history and facts, but also allowing them to understand what was going on surrounding the game, rather than just statistics and figures about what happened. It truly helps the reader feel as if they are at the game. Robbin describes how it felt to be one of the first girls in northeast Queens to brush off society’s expectations and step up to bat in the mid-to-late-1970s.
Usually, any story about a sport is focused around a boy, especially one like baseball. It was nice to read a story that shows that girls can play any sport a boy can. Robbin writes about her struggles to prove herself time and again that she could play just as good as the boys. With support from her parents and brother, who also played as well, the author learns the valuable life lessons of courage and determination on the baseball field. Despite encountering verbal abuse from the stands and from the boys, Robbin outshined on the field and played with her head held high for the love of the sport.
Robbin also mentions how society has still not changed for girls. Girls who play baseball and Little League, even now, are discouraged from continuing by the time they get to middle school and are told to go into softball. The law was passed in 1974 by President Ford and even after 40 years, there’s still some backlash against girls who want to play Little League. Through her life story, Robbin motivates other girls who would like to play little league with boys. It also inspires them to stand up for themselves with grit and determination and to never let anyone tell them what they can and cannot do.
We would totally recommend this book if you were wanting to talk about empowering girls to follow their dreams. We love that this book is focused on going against what was “normal” and making your dreams possible.
Breaking the Barriers tells a true story of determination and heroism, a gem of baseball history sure to inspire girls of all ages. By being calm and collected, Robbin was able to show everyone that girls can do whatever they want by doing their best and never giving up. It’s an excellent summer read for children ages 8-11 years old.
5 STAR READER’S FAVORITE REVIEW
Breaking the Barriers: A Girl’s Dream to Play Little League with the Boys
An excellent narrative for any one who loves baseball, and how girls had to struggle to just get in to play the game. Robbin documents her struggles amidst a hostile environment in the 1970’s when times were changing, and how many held onto the old guard to exclude girls from the sport. At 74 pages, this is a great starter book for anyone who is interested in seeing one person’s passion for baseball, and the lengths she went to succeed in the sport.
Story that everyone should read about a key development In the history of women playing baseball. The story is true and tells what the author experienced when she was a girl. The added illustrations bring the story to life.