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Peak

Roland Smith (2007), 256 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction, Sports
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A boy who loves to climb gets a shot at his dream of climbing Mt. Everest.
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: St. Charles Reader
Date read: 10/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0152024174
ISBN-13: 9780545038133
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Play Ball

Dean Hughes (1999), 128 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Robbie has been waiting for baseball season to begin for months. He is stunned when he finds out that his friend forgot to turn in their applications, and they haven't been placed on a team. They find out they can play, but only if they can form a team of twelve players in one afternoon. In order to meet the deadline, Robbie invents a cousin to fill the last slot. Their team is allowed to play in the league, but when Robbie's cousin doesn't appear, his whole team might be dissolved. Can this last-minute team stay together for the season? Do they have any chance at winning? Find out how the Scrappers began in this first book in the series about the team.
Book Series: Scrappers
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0689819242
ISBN-13: 9780689819247
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Playoff Dreams

Fred Bowen (1997), 95 pages
Illustrated by Ann Barrow
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Brendan's the best player on his baseball team. He would love to be in the playoffs, but he knows that his losing team will never make it. As his teammates make mistake after mistake, Brendan gets more and more frustrated with them. What's the point of being good at the game if you can't ever win? Then, Brendan's uncle surprises him with a trip to Wrigley Field. There, he tells Brendan the story of Ernie Banks, a Cubs player for nineteen years. Could thinking like Ernie Banks turn this season around? Check out other titles in the AllStar SportStory series by Fred Bowen.
Book Series: AllStar SportStory
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 10/22/2009
ISBN-10: 156145155X
ISBN-13: 9781561451555
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Real Lucky Charm

Charisse Richardson (2005), 80 pages
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Mia's thrilled that the basketball team at the recreation center has gone co-ed, so now she can play on the team like her brother does. To celebrate, her dad gives her a basketball charm for her bracelet. It seems like it must be lucky, because soon Mia is shining on the basketball court. Not only that, but she's also doing better in school. Then, she loses her charm, and everything starts to go wrong. What will she do without her lucky charm? Can she win without it?
Similar books: The Real Slam Dunk also by Charisse Richardson
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/20/2009
ISBN-10: 0142404314
ISBN-13: 9780142404317
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Roar of the Crowd

Rich Wallace (2004), 112 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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New to football, Manny knows that he has to make up for his size if he wants to succeed on the field. He might be small, but he's fast. He's confident that if the coach gives him a chance, he'll shine. When he takes the field, however, his skills fall flat, and he's removed from the kickoff team. Can Manny pull it together and become the football player he wants to be? Or is he destined to sit on the sidelines? Football fans will appreciate this title for the action on the field, and anyone who has ever struggled to develop a new skill will see themselves in Manny's efforts. This is the first book in the Winning Season series.
Book Series: Winning Season
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 1/7/2010
ISBN-10: 0670059404
ISBN-13: 9780670059409
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