Today it’s all about BASEBALL!
Play Ball, Jackie! by Stephen Krensky
“Batter up! It’s Jackie Robinson’s first game in the major leagues. April 15, 1947, is a big day for ten-year-old Matty Romano. His dad is taking him to see his favorite team — the Brooklyn Dodgers — on opening day! It’s also a big day for the Dodgers’ new first baseman, Jackie Robinson. Many white fans don’t like the fact that an African American is playing in the major leagues. By putting Jackie on the team, the Dodgers are breaking the color barrier. How will Jackie respond to the pressure? Is he the player who can finally help the Dodgers make it back to the World Series?” [JPB KRENSKY]
Strike Three, Marley! by Susan Hill
“Watching his first baseball game, Marley the rambunctious young Labrador roots for the home team by howling up a storm, catching fly balls, chewing on bats and slobbering on the bases.” Based on the bestselling books by John Grogan. [JE HILL]
Hothead by Cal Ripken, Jr. with Kevin Cowherd
“Connor Sullivan is an All-Star third baseman on his Babe Ruth League team, the Orioles. He can hit and field with the best of them, but he’s got one big problem: his temper. When he strikes out or makes an error, he’s a walking Mt. Vesuvius, slamming batting helmets and throwing gloves. His teammates are starting to avoid him, even his best friend Jason. His coach is ready to kick him off the team.
“To make matters worse, things aren’t much better at home. His dad is having trouble finding a new job after being laid off. Money is tight. Connor’s dream of attending the prestigious Brooks Robinson Baseball Camp this summer seems like just that now – a dream.
“When the sports editor of the school paper threatens to do a big story on his tantrums – complete with embarassing photos – Connor realizes he has to clean up his act. But can he do it in time to regain his teammates’ trust and help the Orioles win the championship against the best team in the league?”
Retired shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Cal Ripken, Jr. has added author to his long list of accomplishments! [J RIPKEN]
Best of the Best by Tim Green
“Josh is still flying high from his team’s tournament win at Cooperstown when his parents start talking about a divorce. Now his dad is challenging him to play the best of the best at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. But does he just want to get Josh out of the way? Two things are sure: His father’s new girlfriend, Diane, is looking to change things, and Josh is determined to get her and her terrible son out of his life.” [J GREEN]
Play Baseball Like a Pro: Key Skills and Tips by Hans Hetrick
“There’s more to baseball than slamming big home runs. Pro players use many skills to help their teams on the field, such as throwing curveballs, stealing bases, and turning double plays. Follow the advice inside to play baseball like a pro!” [J796.35707]