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About Barbara Gregorich
Even though she loved detective fiction from an early age, Barbara never aspired to be a private eye. Instead, she wrote Dirty Proof and Sound Proof, novels featuring Chicago private eye Frank Dragovic. Sound Proof takes place at a folk music festival full of theft, blackmail, and murder, and has received many five-star reviews on Amazon. Readers particularly enjoy the setting (as well as the mystery), and Barbara, whose husband plays the hammered dulcimer, enjoyed attending music festivals while plotting the novel.
Having read thousands of mystery novels over the years, and having formed strong opinions on what works and what doesn't, Barbara published Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies in 2014. And in 2018 she published a book she had long wanted to write, a biography of Earl Derr Biggers, who was a critical figure in the Golden Age of American mysteries, the 1920s. That book is Charlie Chan's Poppa: Earl Derr Biggers.
Barbara feels at home writing both fiction and nonfiction, just as she feels at ease writing for both children and adults. She is the author of Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner, two early readers featuring Waltur, a bear who learns folk wisdom as expressed in idioms and proverbs -- but only after humorous results.
Lately Barbara has begun writing in free verse and other poetic forms. Jack and Larry: Jack Graney and Larry, the Cleveland Baseball Dog, is a nonfiction story for ages 10 - Adult. Told in free verse, the story shows the love between major leaguer Jack Graney and his bull terrier, Larry, and how the two worked to build a team that could win the pennant. Crossing the Skyway is her first collection of poetry -- accessible poems contain both serious and humorous takes on a variety of subjects.
When she isn't writing, Barbara is either watching baseball games, weaving baskets, or living the life of a roadie, helping her husband, Phil Passen, travel to various gigs.
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The reprints and notes of Research Notes for Women at Play, Volume 1 are arranged chronologically and by three topics: Bloomer Baseball Before Maud Nelson; Midwest Bloomer Baseball, Mostly Maud Nelson; Eastern Bloomers, Mostly Margaret Nabel.
Within these broad categories are articles on the Blondes and Brunettes; the Western Bloomer Girls; the Cherokee Indian Base Ball team; the New York Bloomer Girls; the Baltimore Black Sox; the Philadelphia Bobbies, and others.
In addition, the book includes the article "My Darling Clementine," detailing Gregorich's steps in discovering the importance and identity of Maud Nelson.
The source materials within this book illuminate the daily lives of women who simply wanted to play baseball and, to do so, signed up with barnstorming women's teams. The materials serve not only as fascinating snippets of the past, but also as primary sources for English teachers and historians.
Back in 1934 nobody knew that Cookie, a young Major Mitchell’s cockatoo from Australia, would live into the next century. Nobody knew that Cookie would become a celebrity bird. Nobody knew what profound and rapid changes the world would experience. Sitting in his cage, and sometimes flying around a locked room, Cookie lived through changes of all kinds —Superman, TV, Adidas, kidney machines, space travel, mass prisons, iPhones, climate change, heroic deeds, and more.
Serious, yet also humorous, these free-verse poems examine the outside world through the eyes of a preening, self-centered caged bird who questions captivity, war, and natural catastrophe while marveling at events such as Sputnik, figure skating, and Sully’s landing of a damaged airplane in the Hudson River.
Cookie the Cockatoo: Everything Changes focuses on change. Changes in the world, changes in Cookie. Change as something whose direction must be examined.
School Zone’s Start to Read! series helps children learn to read by presenting interesting stories with easy vocabularies. Words are repeated. Sentences are short. Rhyming words help children increase their vocabularies. Meaningful clues in the illustrations are abundant. After several readings with a partner, the child should be able to read alone. Most of all, the reading experience should be enjoyable.
Most of the vocabulary words in The Big Race are typically introduced in first grade and second grade. The words outer, space, shoelace, really, and beat are higher-level words. You may need to help your child sound out these words.
Barbara Gregorich has written many different kinds of books, ranging from the beginning reader The Fox on the Box to adult mystery novels such as Sound Proof and how-to books such as Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies.
Xenia Steered the Boat is full of writing tips and tricks; childhood memories; cow poems; information on bears in literature; women in baseball; poetic forms; and the writing life in general. This is Book 1 in the Blog Collection series.
Volume 3 covers the 1920s and 1930s, concluding the story of Maud Nelson, the most important figure in the early history of women in baseball. It also contains the story of the Philadelphia Bobbies, Eddie Ainsmith, and Leona Kearns — and their disastrous trip to Japan to play against men’s teams in 1925. This resulted in the abandonment of three players and the death at sea of one of them.
Contrasted to the tragedy of that story, Volume 3 also contains the exciting story of Margaret Gisolo, who helped lead her 1928 American Legion Junior Baseball team to the state championship. Margaret later played for Maud Nelson’s All-Star Ranger Girls. Margaret’s diaries of 1933 and 1934 are included. The book concludes with Nellie Kearns, Leona’s younger sister who, along with Margaret, played for the All-Star Ranger Girls.
A reader going through this volume from beginning to end may feel she/he is reading a novel. Or deciding a court case. Or perhaps reconstruction a “what really happened” crime scene. Volume 3 is a climactic conclusion to the Research Notes for Women at Play series.
Larry, too, was loved, not only by the Cleveland fans, but by porters, bellhops, ship captains and trolly car conductors in all American League cities and in Canada. Loyal, sensitive, intelligent, Larry was more than a mascot — he was part of the team.
Jack and Larry is a story about the eventual triumph of the underdog . . . about sports mascots . . . 1910’s baseball . . . bull terriers . . . and overcoming hardships. This gripping tale of the pursuit of the pennant is a story of devotion, commitment, and persistence, illustrating what it means to be major league.
You will laugh, you will cry. You will wish you had been there to see it.
For all ages, 10 to adult.