Six InningsTwo teams battle for the little league championship baseball game, in this gripping sports novel. Sam is the game’s announcer – he’s injured and so can’t play, but he lives through each moment of the game.
by James Preller
NY: Square Fish, 2010
hardback: Feiwel & Friends, 2008
ages 9 - 12
available from Amazon and your local public library
Kids will love the way Preller captures the rhythms of the game, routine plays, surprises and strategic moves. It’s full of suspense and excitement as you root for each team.
I really loved how the story brought you into how different players felt at each small moment of the game, play by play. As you get into the story, you realize that Sam’s life has been upended by bone cancer, and he’s struggling with more than typical injuries. But his friendships come through in the end.
James Preller has a wonderful site and blog to check out. He's a tremendously versatile author, writing short chapter books for young readers (the Jigsaw Jones series) and serious, thought-provoking novels for young adults (Bystander).
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