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Grade 2-5?Brendan is the best player on his team, but he feels "it's gonna be a long season," if his team doesn't start winning some games soon. After his Uncle Jack takes him to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, Brendan learns about other players who have been talented but have never made it to the playoffs or the World Series. His uncle explains, "It's like your team....They aren't winning, but you wouldn't want to play for another team, would you?" This is the fourth book in a series that uses actual sports heroes to reinforce a positive attitude among young athletes. Here, it is Ernie Banks, who hit over 500 home runs but usually played for a team that finished near the bottom of the league. Appealing pen-and-ink illustrations enhance the text, but the cover art doesn't reach out to potential readers. A fine purchase if other titles in the series have circulated well.?Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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"Long-suffering Cubs fans of all ages (especially kids) will identify with the plight of a young Chicago boy whose knothole team can t seem to make the grade. Then the presence of a Wrigley Field legend and his sunny-side-up approach to baseball changes everything." --USA Today Baseball Weekly

"Bowen is quickly joining the ranks of today's most popular sports-fiction authors.... he skillfully interweaves fact and fiction and uses historical sports plays and concepts as a backdrop for the story." --School Library Journal

"If you are a sports fan or just love sports books, you should check out the new AllStar SportStory series by Fred Bowen.... Bowen is a natural when it comes to writing sports stories and informing his readers about the past. These books are perfect for kids ages 8 to 12." --Newsday
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: All-Star Sports Stories: Baseball
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; Reissue edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561455075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561455072
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Our family loves Fred Bowen's books because each story includes a little real sports history. The history in Playoff Dreams is about Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs. He was a fantastic player with a fantastic attitude. He never got down on the game even though his team never made it to the World Series. The main character in Playoff Dreams is a centerfielder named Brendan. He is a really good player but he's bummed because his teammates stink. He goes to a game at Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs). The whole scene at Wrigley Field is very interesting and readers will be surprised at what Brendan does (reluctantly) because of a long-standing real-life tradition with Cubs fans. (It's really neat the way the author pulls in real history.) Brendan learns about the legend of Ernie Banks at Wrigley Field and the lesson about optimism takes root slowly in Brendan. Parents will love the moral of the story and kids will love all the sports action (there's lots of it.)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
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I am six years old and just started playing baseball this year. It was great to read a book about a boy who loved baseball so much even if his team wasn't winning. The end was very good and very exciting.
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By Lisa on December 17, 2014
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Nice addition to our school library
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L Bryant on December 28, 2012
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He hasn't received these yet but I am sure he will enjoy them. He loves to read and said anything baseball would be awesome.
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