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The Fenway Foul-Up

Fenway foul up coverThe Fenway Foul-Up by David A. Kelly
Recommended for: Grades 1 – 3

Cousins Mike and Kate are huge baseball fans.  Luckily for them, Kate’s mom is a sport reporter, and they get to travel the country with her, attending games and visiting ballparks.  When they go to Fenway Park to watch batting practice before a big game, they get caught up in a mystery about star player Big D’s missing bat.  Can Mike and Kate help find his bat before the Red Sox start a losing streak?
This is the first title in the Ballpark Mysteries series.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Roberto and Me

Roberto and Me coverRoberto and Me by Dan Gutman
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

This is another book in the baseball time-travel series of Joe Stoshack (“Stosh”), who visits and tries to help well-known baseball players of the past. In Roberto and Me, Stosh goes back in time to help Roberto Clemente, a great humanitarian as well as ballplayer, who died while attempting to airlift supplies for earthquake victims in Nicaragua in 1972. Stosh goes back in time to warn Clemente not to get on the plane, which will crash, killing all people aboard. This book was enjoyable to read, as are all the books in this series. One difference in this book is that Stosh travels to the future in addition to the past. Read the book to find out what he discovers!

Reviewed by: Mrs. Teixeira

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The Prince of Fenway Park

The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott
Recommended for: Grades 5 to 7

As this story begins, the Red Sox are down 2 games against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series of 2004 and Red Sox fans are thinking about the Curse. Oscar has other worries. He feels he doesn’t fit in anywhere and his mom is sending him to stay with his father for a month or so. Oscar doesn’t really know his father. The surprise of his life awaits when his father reluctantly agrees and takes Oscar to his home – underneath Fenway Park! There Oscar learns that his father is one of the many Cursed Creatures both good and evil who cannot leave until the Red Sox Curse is broken. Will Oscar be the key?
This clever tale is a fun mix of fantasy and baseball history while
covering issues of racism and family relationships.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Mudville

Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta
Recommended for: Grades 6-8

12 year old Roy has never known anything but rain.  For the past 22 years it has rained in his hometown of Moundville, ever since the day his father played a fateful part in the annual baseball game between Moundville and neighboring Sinister Bend.  Now, Sinister Bend is a ghost town and Moundville is nothing but mud.  When a mysterious and moody boy named Sturgis moves into Roy’s house, everything begins to change.  Part tall-tale and part family story, Mudville is a baseball book filled with unique characters and exciting play-by-plays.  Highly recommended for older readers who are sports fans.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Keeping Score

keeping score coverKeeping Score by Linda Sue Park
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 7

Maggie knows baseball – the stats, the plays.  She and her older brother are devoted fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Their father roots for the Yankees, and Maggie’s new friend, a fireman named Jim, follows the Giants.  In New York City in the 1950s there are a lot of baseball teams to choose from.
Jim leaves for the Korean War but after a while, his letters stop coming. He is not himself when he returns and doesn’t seem to improve.  Maggie comes up with a plan involving her whole family that she thinks could help Jim.
Keeping Score is a treat for baseball fans, while presenting a glimpse of war’s effect on people’s lives

Reviewed by:  Mrs. McIntire

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The Big Field

The Big Field by Mike Lupica
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

14 yrs old Hutch loves everything about baseball. He is a great player, too – a star shortstop. But when a new star, Daryl, comes along, Hutch must step aside and take the 2nd base position. Hutch’s father was once a great ballplayer, and Hutch longs to have that connection with his dad. But his father is removed, putting up a wall between him and his son. Hutch and his team make it all the way to the playoffs, and over the course of the postseason, Hutch learns about what it means to be a good teammate, son, and friend. Like other Mike Lupica books, The Big Field features lots of exciting play-by-play sports action, too.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Basketball Bats

Basketball Bats by Betty Hicks
Recommended for: Grades 2-3

Henry loves sports. His 4 best friends are on his neighborhood basketball team: Jazz, Goose, Rita and Rocky.  When a Tough Guy and his team, the Tigers, challenge Henry and his friends to a game of basketball, they need to play their best game in order to beat the cheaters.  If they can manage to stay friends, play together well, and win 2 out of 3 games against the Tigers, they will get their own team T shirts!  This is a great read for sports fans who are just beginning to read on their own.  Basketball Bats is the first in the Gym Shorts series; the next title is Goof-off Goalie, followed by Swimming with Sharks.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Football Genius

football genius coverFootball Genius by Tim Green
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 7

Troy is a 6th grader with a single mom and two best friends who will do almost anything for him. His main fault is being sort of hot tempered when teased about sensitive subjects – like not having a father or the losing season of his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons. His temper frequently leads him to make poor decisions.
Yet Troy has a remarkable talent. He can predict football plays. He desperately wants to use his talent to help the Falcons win, but he’s only a kid, and who will listen to him?
After many wrong turns, Troy finally gets a break, meeting Falcon’s linebacker, Seth, who comes to believe in Troy’s talent. Even with Seth on his side, it is still a frustrating quest. His mother’s job and Seth’s future with the team are threatened by a disbelieving coach.
Troy’s two friends back him up and come up with plans whenever he hits a road block.
Written by a former NFL player, the story has plenty of adventure and exciting football action.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Some Kind of Pride

Some Kind of Pride by Maria Testa
Recommended for: Grades 4-7

A small Maine town must share its excitement over their star shortstop when a Sports Illustrated reporter comes to do a story on Ruth DiMarco. Ruth falters under the glow of celebrity status, the debate over girls reaching the major leagues, and the ever-present sorrow over her mother’s death-in-the-line-of-firefighter duty.

Reviewed by: Ms. Wettergreen

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Sliding into Home

Sliding into Home by Dori Hillestad Butler
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

There’s a big difference between baseball and softball. When Joelle moves to a small town, she is only allowed to play softball. She battles the school system over this. In a different twist, she finds other girls interested in baseball, changes focus and strives to establish a girls baseball league. Some interesting help comes from older women who played in the Women’s Baseball League in WWII. A good girls’ sports story.

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