Date reviewed: 4/15/04 Age/Grade: YA IL 9-14
Personal Reaction: I understand that this is a sports book that’s supposed to hold the boys’ attention, but I thought it was too neat or too simplistic (obvious) to be very riveting.
Points for discussion with children: sports ethics, honesty
Possible classroom uses: Could be used in a unit on ethics, especially sports (pro players in the news as a current events tie in).
Connections to other books? Baseball lovers fiction – Maniac Magee by Spinelli, any of the Baseball Card Adventures series by Gutman. Baseball non-fiction & biographies: All You Can Be: Dream It, Draw It, Become It! Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By
Realia: baseball bat, mitt, ball; Yankees jersey, fake money