Minami is a junior at a high school that has a strong academic reputation, but has never been competitive in sports. Baseball is the major high-school sport in Japan, and a national tournament is held twice a year. When Minami suddenly takes on the role of a student manager of the baseball team, she has no idea what the job entails. Hoping to find out, she mistakenly buys a copy of Management, by Peter F. Drucker. At first she is disappointed, for there is nothing in it about baseball. Yet in ways she doesn't quite understand, it inspires her, and she realizes that Drucker's principles can help the baseball team, too.
Minami's energy and Drucker's Management combine to turn an unenthusiastic high-school ball team into a national contender in this absorbing novel for young adults. A unique fusion of light YA fiction and the theories of Peter Drucker, it has proven useful for families, schools, companies, and NPOs alike. Nicknamed Moshi Dora by fans ("Dora" is a contraction of the Japanese pronunciation of "Drucker"), the book enjoys a reputation that grew by word of mouth after its publication, with reports from workplaces and schools all over the nation that their organizations had been revitalized by reading it. Moshi Dora became the number one bestseller in Japan for the year 2010.
Note: In Japan a female high-school baseball manager is a behind-the-scenes support person assigned such administrative tasks as scheduling, equipment and field care, scoring and statistics. She is an assistant to the coach, a partner to the players, and above all an integral member of the team. Many high-school sports teams (not limited to baseball) in Japan have female managers.