09 April 2010

Tim Green, Baseball Great. NY: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2009.

Josh LeBlanc is twelve years old and getting ready for his school team tryouts when his father's minor league baseball career ends unexpectedly. But when his father takes a sales job for the coach of a local travel team, Josh joins that squad instead.

His dream is to do what his father couldn't: get to the big leagues and be a baseball great. He has the talent, but he needs to get stronger to compete against older boys. One of his teammates offers him some gym candy to help him through their weightlifting workouts. With friendships and his future on the line, what will Josh do?

This well-paced, exciting story, targeted at eight to twelve year olds, will have even recalcitrant readers anxiously turning pages to find out what happens next.

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