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Baseball Great Hardcover – March 24, 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
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Twelve-year-old Josh LeBlanc has moved a lot in his life; his father is a minor league pitcher hoping to make it to the majors. After his dad is abruptly dumped by his Triple-A team, Josh realizes that he has a chance to stay in one town and play baseball on his school team. His father, however, has other plans, signing Josh up for a traveling team, led by an intense and sometimes brutal coach. Josh eventually discovers that his coach’s winning formula includes handing out steroids. With the help of Jaden, a school newspaper reporter, he manages to take a photograph of the coach receiving steroids behind a hospital. Green delivers a fast-paced story, told in short chapters that build to the exciting climax. He also doesn’t sanitize the rough world of the locker room, showing the intimidation that often accompanies young people’s sports. Add this to other novels that feature the temptations of steroids for young athletes, including Carl Deuker’s Gym Candy (2007) and John Coy’s Crackback (2005). Grades 6-8. --Todd Morning

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“Green delivers a fast-paced story, told in short chapters that build to the exciting climax. Add this to other novels that feature the temptations of steroids for young athletes, including Carl Deuker’s Gym Candy (2007) and John Coy’s Crackback (2005).” (Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Baseball Great (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061626864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061626869
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on March 24, 2009
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I teach 4th grade and also coach baseball and basketball for kids aged 12-16. Tim Green's book is a warning against steroid use in youth travel teams, and is on a par with Mike Lupica's book,"Travel Team," in terms of quality. That means that while boy readers might like the book for its short chapters and sports-themed action, the quality of the book isn't high.

This story features a bloody fist-fight in a mall bathroom, kids using steroids, and some boy-girl drama that is totally out of place within the confines of the story. The main character is forced by his father to quit his school baseball team and try out for a travel team. Many of the kids act in ways that are superficial and unrealistic.

If short chapters that stop and start at artificial breaking points don't bother you, and your only goal is to get your kid to read a book, this book will fit the bill!

It's not literature, but it's entertaining.
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ISBN 0061626864 - As a baseball fan, I'll read any baseball book - statistical analysis to childrens' book. As a parent and former coach, I especially like childrens' books that ring true, partly because they remind me of my kid - now playing college ball. This book doesn't quite ring true and I detract a star for that, but it is good, it's very readable and I think the target audience will look past things that bother me.

Josh is following in his father's footsteps. Mr LeBlanc is the MVP of a Triple A farm team and Josh is better than his father was at his age, in part because his father is determined to make it so. Josh's skills between the lines catch the eye, and the heart, of new girl and baseball fanatic Jaden, who crowns him the great hope of the school's team in an article in the school paper. Meanwhile, cut from the team when he is deemed over the hill, Josh's dad turns his energy to Josh's baseball future, forcing him to quit his school team and join an elite travel team coached by Rocky Valentine. Jaden and Benji, Josh's best friend, don't like this news and friendships are strained - until Josh finds himself in over his head and in need of help.

The story is great. It's well written and a very easy read. This is a huge thing in books geared toward boys, who are often the more reluctant readers. My problems with the book - First, there's Josh's dad. I've known plenty of has-been and never-were ballplayers who live vicariously through their sons and I found the "anything to win" outlook believable. What is not believable is that the man worked his entire life in a sport currently and frequently in the news for steroid abuse, from the MLB players to high school aged kids, and he failed to question, or even suspect, the training system in use by Coach Valentine.
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My 5th grade son loves books about sports. He's grown out of (the great) Matt Christopher books, and I am always on the lookout for YA sports books.

Last year Tim Green, a former Atlanta Falcon, wrote 'Football Hero' and 'Football Genius'. I immediately snapped them up for my son, and he devoured them and begged for more like them. We were sad to discover that although Tim Green has written other books, they are adult novels. So I was thrilled to see a new YA sports-themed Tim Green book released.

My son read 'Baseball Great' in one day and gave it a 10 out of 10 rating!

This is a story about Josh, a 12 year-old who moves from town to town because his domineering Santini-esque father is a minor league baseball player and keeps getting traded. Josh plays baseball too, he's got talent, and baseball season is about at his new school; he's excited to play for the team with his friends, and to maybe the star of the team. But his father yanks him off the school team and forces him to try out for a traveling U14 youth league team, the Titans, run by Rocky Valentine. Rocky makes his boys lift weights, drink 'Super Stax' shake supplements, and work hard. Despite being only 12, Josh makes the team. Now his school friends are mad at him for leaving the team, and the travel team kids hate him for causing one of them to be cut to make room for Josh. Things, of course, get worse from there, and Rocky is indeed the villain.

'Baseball Great' is an exciting, fast-paced book that should appeal to most YA readers (I would think that boys ages 10-13 would most enjoy this book). You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, it has plenty of middle-school themes, but a sports-oriented kid will really love this book.
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Tim Green has published an amazing book called “Baseball Great”. Josh loves baseball, and is the best baseball player in his town. His dad was a pick out of high school to play in the pros. Josh’s dad wants Josh to be the best player and make it to the pros. While having the best stuff which means playing for the best team, having the best coach, and doing whatever it takes to become great. A friend of Josh’s named Benji bought the school newspaper and saw Josh on the cover of it. Benji wouldn’t stop teasing Josh about the girl that wrote the report that about Josh, and thought that she loved him. The reporter’s name was Jaden Neidermeyer. Josh was just starting try outs for the school baseball team when his dad shows up and takes him to the best team in Syracuse called the Titans. “Here’s their practice facility” (Pg. 33). What Josh didn’t know that he would be playing for a U14 team when he was twelve. One night while walking Jaden to the hospital (Where her dad worked) and he saw a car with the license plate saying “ DO IT 2 IT”. Josh got a suspicion because that was his coach’s car (His coach’s name is Rocky). Josh hid and saw his coach carry a bag full of canisters that were full of pills. A couple of days later Rocky took the team to Destiny USA. Later that night a kid named Tucker on Josh’s team told Josh to meet him at Schiller Park at eight. When Josh got there Tucker handed Josh a bottle of some gym candy (Otherwise known as steroids). Josh also finds out that Rocky gave them to Tucker. After days of research, Jaden figured out that the pill Josh was given was Anadrol-17 an anabolic steroid. Jaden also found out that steroids could severely hurt or kill kids.Read more ›
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