Everything you need to understand or teach In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais .
In These Girls, Hope Is A Muscle is the story of the Amherst Lady Hurricanes basketball team and their rise to state champions in 1993. It is a work of nonfiction by Madeleine Blais, who won a Pulitzer Prize for writing a newspaper feature about a separate topic. Beginning with a disappointing loss in the play-offs the year before, the book chronicles the personal changes each player needed to make in order to become a team that meshed well together. Talent, the author asserts, was easier to find. Hard work, determination, and genuine caring for each other was a much rarer combination. It was this mix of attributes that brought the Hurricanes to their victory.