From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-Koby Caplin is the star pitcher for the Cardinals, the seventh-grade baseball team at Monticello Middle School. His friend Sara Wilson, sports reporter for the school newspaper, gives lots of press to the team and especially to Koby, hoping to increase student support. The publicity and a winning streak soon result in full stands at all of the games. Then a local TV newsman decides to do a documentary on middle-school athletics with Monticello and Koby as its focus. When the attention goes to his head, Koby forgets all about teamwork, loses a game, almost loses his friends, and nearly blows the conference championship. This fast-paced, easy-to-read story has plenty of baseball action. Excerpts of sports articles from the school paper, including trivia questions about real-life major league players, add a great deal of interest and the book's message is driven home successfully. A prime-time read for baseball fans.Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.