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Mixed-Up Doubles

Elena Yates Eulo (2003), 185 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Hank's secret dream is to become a professional tennis player, but he'll never measure up to his brother's innate talent. His family is in chaos since his parents' divorce, and Hank sees no chance to improve his tennis skills, much less gain any social status in his new town. His peculiar next door neighbor, Tremont, has taken to following him around and acting like his friend. Meanwhile, it's Hank's first week in a new school, and he's already failing algebra. Just when it seems nothing could get worse, Hank and Tremont hatch a plan. Can this unlikely pair give Hank a shot at his dream?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0823417069
ISBN-13: 9780823417063
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Molly Gets Mad

Suzy Kline (2001), 80 pages
Illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Morty's best friend Molly has to be the best at everything. When their new classmate Florence turns out to be an expert ice skater, Molly is so angry that she challenges Morty to a race that ends up injuring him. When Molly joins the ice hockey team, she tries to prove herself again. Will Molly's determination to win ruin her friendship with Morty? Can she prove herself on the team?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/20/2009
ISBN-10: 039923408X
ISBN-13: 9780399234088
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Mudball

Matt Tavares (2005), 32 pages
Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Picture Books, Sports
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It was the ninth inning, the bases were loaded, two outs, and the score was 3 to 0. Andy Oyler was up to bat. He was the shortest player in the whole league. Andy was about to get his first pitch when the sky opened up and rain flooded the field. The umpire delayed the game for a while but started it up again just to finish it out. As the pitch approached, Andy felt it was going to hit him but instead it hit his bat. It took everyone by surprise. Where was the ball? The littlest player became an unforgettable hero for his team.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: rn
Date read: 4/9/2010
ISBN-10: 0763623873
ISBN-13: 9780763623876
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Mudville

Kurtis Scaletta (2009), 272 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Sports
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Roy, 12, lives with his father in Moundville. It has been raining for 22 years. Roy's father prepares meals that would gross out most people. One day, Sturgis, not 'Sturge' appears on the couch at home--a foster child. The boys share a room and each learns more about the other as the story progresses. Sturges has scars on his face from a dog fight and only one baseball card. Roy has a whole box full even though baseball is important to both of them. As the boys work for Roy's father, Sturgis has a good work ethic. Roy's work ethic is so-so. When the rain stops and a baseball team is formed to carry on the game started 22 years ago against Sinister Bend, there is one member who answers every question with 'Search Me', so his nickname is Goggle. Also, a new field is needed. The unique cast of characters, none of them perfect, unravel the mystery of the baseball game, but not the rain. How does Moundville become Mudville and back again?
Similar books: The Booklyn Nineby Alan M. Gratz; The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan; The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Reviewed by: cj
Date read: 8/17/2009
ISBN-10: 0375955798
ISBN-13: 9780375955792
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My Baseball Book

Gail Gibbons (2000), 24 pages
Illustrated by Gail Gibbons
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Nonfiction, Sports
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My Baseball Book is a perfect introduction to the game of baseball. The book is full of baseball terminology, such as the rules of play, the gear, and the field layout. A youngster will learn all the basics they need to know in order to enjoy watching an older brother or sister play or to play themselves. The illustrations are colorful diagrams that add to the main text of the book and have helpful labels telling a child what the objects in the picture are (such as a batting helmet or a baseball diamond). Gail Gibbons narrates a fictitious baseball game, highlighting how all the terms and rules come together. While a child who has a basic understanding of baseball already could easily navigate this book, if a child is new to the game, an adult should probably read with them and embellish the text and diagrams. Set up perfectly for quizzing a child on objects in the pictures.
Reviewed by: mkl
Date read: 8/12/2009
ISBN-10: 0688171370
ISBN-13: 9780688171377
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