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The Rhino in Right Field: 12/15/18
The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser is set in 1948 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, near the Washington Park Zoo. Nick and his best friend Ace love baseball and play in park that abuts the zoo. When the ball goes over the fence, it lands in the rhino enclosure. It's just part of the game.
When the local baseball team holds a contest for local kids to be bat boys, Nick and Ace want nothing more than to win. There are just two problems: Nick's Greek parents want him to work in their store on Saturdays, and the contest is only open to boys. Ace is a girl.
It was refreshing to see a group of boys be supportive of the girl in their group, on their team. In this case, the people against Ace being a bat boy were the adults (primarily the male ones).
The setting made me smile, bringing to mind the relationship between San Diego High School and the San Diego Zoo. The two grew up together as well, with the elephant enclosure being near the baseball field. I don't know if any balls made it to the elephants but I can imagine it happening.