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Baseball Great Paperback – February 23, 2010
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was AMAZING. I loved how it all spun together in the end. In the middle is was a little confused but I kept reading and it was GREATPublished 1 month ago
I really liked this book. I think anyone involved with baseball or wants to play ball will love it very well written.Published 11 months ago by sheryl coughlin
I really liked the plot and all the action going on. I love baseball and this book had the baseball I like. Not 5 stars though because some of the story line was murky.Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
My son is 8, and this book is too mature for him. There is little baseball action and is mostly about mean people. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barton Smith
Good book keeps you on the edge of your seat lots of action, very entertaining but some not kid stuffPublished 19 months ago by Jake Welz
This book was great it had a good story and a nice amount of baseball
From being a baseball kid myself I could relate to Josh
Very hooking but not great. The suspense was exciting but it lacked something. This book is for anyone who likes a good mystery book plus some sports.Published 19 months ago by Peter Gartner
It is a thrilling book with a lot of kid friendly ness
I like this book because you don't know what's going to happen next
This book is the best book I've read in a long time!!! I definitely recommend this book for baseball fans!Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer