Set in Brooklyn during the Korean War, a mixture of baseball and battle combine to create this coming-of-age middle grade novel. From a family of hardcore Brooklyn Dodger fans, Maggie Fontini surprisingly befriends a fireman, Jim, who is a staunch Giants supporter. He teaches her how to keep score, and when he is drafted and sent to Korea, Maggie writes to him. Then his letters stop coming, and Maggie is worried, and desperately tries to understand the conflict. The horrors of war come alive as she waits to hear from Jim. Poignant and touching, KEEPING SCORE is by Newbury Award-winning author Linda Sue Park.