Michiko is endearing, and readers who persevere will rejoice with her victories big and small. - Booklist
A historically accurate story about being an outsider, family values and the ability of sports to bring people together. - School Library Journal
A fast-paced, intriguing read. Highly recommended. - Canadian Materials
Michiko is a wonderful character trying to find her place in an often racist Canada, obeying her strict but loving parents, supported by cultural traditions and fiercely passionate about baseball. - Resource Links
Maruno tells an almost uniquely Canadian story as we see how different cultural communities interact, as well as the challenges many first- and second-generation Canadians encounter, issues that are still relevant today. - Canadian Children's Book News
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